The Cincinnati Bengals signed defensive tackle and 2012 second-round pick Devon Still to their practice squad so that his daughter, who has been diagnosed with stage-4 pediatric cancer, can continue to receive health insurance.
Still was cut from the team's active roster over the weekend, but immediately placed on the practice squad so he could continue to receive full health benefits and not have to travel with the team as much as an active player would, according to Good Morning America.
“I completely understand where the Bengals were coming from when they cut me because I couldn’t give football 100 percent right now,” Still, 25, told ABC News. “They could have washed their hands with me and said they didn’t care about what I was going through off the field,” Still said. “It’s like a blessing in disguise for me.”
Four-year-old Leah was diagnosed with the disease earlier this summer, and she recently began her fourth round of chemotherapy, with Still saying “We’re going to go to battle with cancer.”
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