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Bills website posts, then deletes, article announcing that coach Doug Marrone has cancer

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In an unusual development that the team has not yet explained, the Bills website posted on Tuesday an article with the following headline:  “Coach Marrone announces he has cancer.”

The article, which consisted of two sentences and then a spot for a quote from Marrone, said that the unspecific cancer is “not aggrive [sic]” and “highly treatable.”

Attributed to Anna Stolzenburg in a screen shot posted by Deadspin, the link that previously contained the article currently is blank.

Media publications routinely prepare content in advance of an event that is expected or likely.  While it’s possible someone was simply playing an extremely unfunny prank, it’s also possible that the team was preparing to disclose that Marrone is fighting a highly treatable form of cancer.

One way or the other, the Bills need to address the situation, sooner than later.

UPDATE 11:13 p.m. ET:  Marrone has disclosed that he recently had a cancerous mole removed.

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16 Responses to “Bills website posts, then deletes, article announcing that coach Doug Marrone has cancer”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Apr 22, 2014 10:07 PM

    Sad.

  2. wnbasuperfan says: Apr 22, 2014 10:08 PM

    Could it get any worse for the Bills lately…?
    Wait… don’t answer that.

  3. nygmann says: Apr 22, 2014 10:15 PM

    To all PR employees, when in doubt do not post it!

  4. idoubtiwillbother says: Apr 22, 2014 10:19 PM

    Could also be a copy-paste on the Jim Kelly situation that got published before it got edited.

    Ehhhh. Maybe not.

  5. buffbill235 says: Apr 22, 2014 10:25 PM

    We’ll likely hear something tomorrow, I saw the link and it was dated for tomorrow.

  6. pigskin28 says: Apr 22, 2014 10:26 PM

    So they posted something and removed it…Two possible reasons. ..it’s wrong, or the coach changed his mind about making this personal medical info public…of course that cannot be respected.

  7. ronin262 says: Apr 22, 2014 10:29 PM

    Man I hope it’s not true, poor Buffalo fans, Jim Kelly and his cancer, Ralph Wilson passing away, it’s getting unfair at this point.

  8. andrewluck12 says: Apr 22, 2014 10:32 PM

    Good luck coach.

  9. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 22, 2014 10:37 PM

    Awful. I wish him well.

  10. loveithateit says: Apr 22, 2014 10:50 PM

    Wow. Hope the story around the blanks is true and it truly is treatable.

  11. truebuffalo says: Apr 22, 2014 10:53 PM

    Let’s hope this is a crude prank hack job… If it isn’t Coach Marrone is a strong guy and it s going to take a lot more than that to take him out. Stay strong Coach with all of Buffalo behind you

  12. buffalodiehard says: Apr 22, 2014 10:56 PM

    It was probably the same person who handles their official text messages.

  13. slugbaitspace says: Apr 22, 2014 11:03 PM

    On a positive note, they didn’t accidentally post someone’s pre-written obit.

  14. billsfan1 says: Apr 22, 2014 11:07 PM

    Sounds like a hack job. Maybe one of the disgruntled JIlls?
    in all seriousness, I hope that is was a hacker because if that were true, well nobody should wish that on someone.

  15. patriotsarespygaters says: Apr 22, 2014 11:58 PM

    The spikes effect has started Good luck marrone

  16. billsfan1 says: Apr 23, 2014 7:38 AM

    It was probably the same person who handles their official text messages.

    the loser who filed the lawsuit was text 3 times more than he thought he was going to be.. that whole lawsuit was over 3 text…

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