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Ex-Buc Yarno being treated for cancer

JACKSONVILLE — Former Bucs offensive lineman George Yarno has been diagnosed with cancer.

Yarno, 56, is currently the Jaguars' offensive line coach. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley did not disclose the type of cancer Yarno has, but says Yarno will not be taking a leave of absence. He did say Yarno would miss some practice time with the team due to his treatment schedule.

Yarno was at Jaguars practice on Thursday, but spent most of his time on the sidelines. Assistant coach Luke Butkus handled most of the individual drills. Bradley said he would not bring in a replacement.

"He's confident in the treatment plan and felt really good after the initial part of it with the plan that the doctors have, and he's actually excited about getting after this battle that he's got," Bradley said.

Yarno had two stints with the Bucs as a starting guard (1979-83, 1985-87), and successfully kicked an extra point in 1983. He joined the Jaguars staff last season and was previously an assistant with the Bucs and Lions.

GIANTS: QB Eli Manning participated with the first team offense, showing no signs of the ankle surgery he underwent nearly two months ago.

"I feel like I can do almost anything football related," said Manning. "I'm not going to take any time off.''

Manning had ankle surgery in April after throwing 27 interceptions with just 18 touchdowns.

Former USF standout DE Jason Pierre-Paul participated in practice after rehabbing a shoulder injury and back surgery during the offseason.

PANTHERS: DE Kony Ealy, a second round pick from Missouri, signed with the team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SAINTS: S Jairus Byrd has undergone surgery for a disc in his back and is expected to be recovered by training camp. Byrd signed as a free agent this offseason after five seasons with the Bills.

SEAHAWKS: WR Doug Baldwin signed an extension through 2016. The deal is expected to be worth up to $13 million, reported. Baldwin had 50 receptions and five touchdowns last season.

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