Bengals Re-Sign Devon Still in Order to Help Him Support His Sick Daughter

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2014

via ABC News

Devon Still's life drastically changed earlier this summer, but the Cincinnati Bengals are willing to stand by one of their own and help him through a difficult time.

On June 2, Still's four-year-old daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. That has put things in perspective for the defensive lineman.

Still—a 2012 second-round pick—missed the Bengals' 53-man roster, but the team wanted to make sure that he had some support during his daughter's difficult battle.

Update: Sept. 11 at 3:57 p.m. ET

The New Orleans Saints reportedly bought 100 of Still's jerseys to support cancer research.

That kind gesture led to a shoutout from the player.

Cincinnati Bengals @Bengals

Hey @Saints, thanks for purchasing 100 @Dev_Still71 jerseys to help sack pediatric cancer! @nfl #NFLSacksCancer http://t.co/OWGCz5Ho5B

Still was very appreciative for all of the support he has received.

Devon Still @Dev_Still71

Big thanks for to the saints for ordering jerseys to help support pediatric cancer..only one word to describe everything, AMAZING!!

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Update: Sept. 10 at 2:20 p.m. ET

After spending one week on the practice squad, Devon Still has been added to the Cincinnati Bengals' 53-man roster.

Here's what Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said about the situation, per Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson:

We have an open roster spot, and this is the best football move we can make to fill it. We think Devon is ready to rejoin our line rotation and be productive. It already was stated that a big reason Devon opened on the practice squad was that he couldn’t fully focus on football this preseason. He had to take care of his daughter (Leah, four, diagnosed with cancer). But Devon has told us he feels ready to contribute now, so it’s the right move at the right time. And we’ve told Devon he can still be afforded the personal time he needs to attend to his daughter’s care

[Cincinnati Bengals]

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Update: Sept. 9 at 11:45 a.m. ET

The Cincinnati Bengals announced that they will be donating all proceeds from Devon Still jersey sales to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and pediatric cancer care and research.

Cincinnati Bengals @Bengals

NEWS: #Bengals make the following moves: -Sign DT Devon Still to active roster -Sign CB Onterio McCalebb & TE Ryan Otten to practice squad

[Cincinnati Bengals]

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Update: Sept. 9 at 5:33 p.m. ET

According to an ESPN report, Still's jersey is in high demand.


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After cutting him over the weekend, Cincinnati signed Still to its practice squad so he could keep his insurance and continue to get paid.

As much as he'd love to be on the roster, Still understood the team's decision and even admitted he can't be totally committed to the Bengals right now.

Here's what he had to say on the matter, according to Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson:

I can’t give football 100 percent right now. In the business aspect they want guys solely focused on football. And that’s understandable. We’re here to win this city a Super Bowl and right now I’m just not in position where I can give football 100 percent.

Still's understandably diverted attention doesn't matter to the club. Cincinnati is doing what it can to help one of its players as he supports his sick daughter.

Sometimes the game has to take a back seat, and great stories like this remind us of that fact.

[ABC News, h/t Deadspin]


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