Defensive tackle Devon Still, whose daughter's yearlong battle with cancer captivated NFL fans everywhere, was released Saturday by the Cincinnati Bengals in their final cutdown to 53 players.
Still played in 12 games for the Bengals last season, with 19 tackles. He was cut by the Bengals days before last season but then placed on the practice squad, which meant Still would retain health benefits to cover medical costs for his daughter, Leah, who was diagnosed with pediatric nerve cell cancer in 2014.
Still, a former second-round draft pick of the Bengals out of Penn State, played three seasons with the team, appearing in 30 games. Last year, as Leah Still was battling cancer, sales of Still's No. 75 jersey raised more than $1 million for pediatric cancer research and Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Leah Still received the Jimmy V. Perseverance Award by ESPN during this year's ESPY awards show.
If Devon Still is picked up by another team, it's possible Leah will be able to go watch him play; doctors said her cancer was in remission as of March, and although there have been some complications, Leah Still was released from the hospital in June and has been cleared to travel.
Have nothing but love for the Bengals organization and the city of Cincinnati. Both helped... https://t.co/EIRoFprfQx pic.twitter.com/oaBLOv7up7
— Devon Still (@Dev_Still71) September 5, 2015