Panthers' DeHaven steps down as coordinator to battle cancer

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven will move into an advisory role with the team while continuing his battle with prostate cancer.

The team announced Sunday that Thomas McGaughey has been promoted to special teams coordinator and Chase Blackburn to special teams assistant.

DeHaven will return to Buffalo, New York to receive cancer treatments with the hopes of returning to the team as an adviser in mid-September.

The 67-year-old DeHaven was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015. The disease later spread to his back. He previously took a leave of absence in May of 2015, but returned for Carolina's NFC championship season.

McGaughey was hired as Carolina's special teams assistant in February. He has 10 years of NFL coaching experience.

Blackburn joined the staff this year as an intern.