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Ole Miss LB Denzel Nkemdiche improving, will remain hospitalized

Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche was hospitalized on Monday and remained in the intensive care unit through Wednesday night.

The condition of Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche is improving, but he will remain hospitalized and miss Saturday’s game against LSU, confirms the Associated Press.

Nkemdiche’s family said he “has improved as of [Thursday],” and the situation is “not life-threatening.” Nkemdiche’s father, Dr. Sunday Nkemdiche, said on Thursday that his son was “up and talking.”

Nkemdiche was hospitalized for an undisclosed reason Monday and remained in the intensive care unit through Wednesday night, Neal McCready of first reported.

He did not practice with the team on Sunday, and coach Hugh Freeze said on Wednesday that he was questionable for Saturday’s game because he was “dealing with a personal matter.”

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“We are going to walk through it with him,” Freeze said. “When issues come up that you need to get through that involve one of our players and anything with their family, we just want to support them and help them through it.”

McCready reported Nkemdiche was conscious as of Wednesday night.

Nkemdiche leads the Rebels with 53 tackles and has started nine of 10 games this season. He is the older brother of Robert Nkemdiche, a defensive tackle who also plays for Ole Miss and was ranked by SI as the 12th best prospect for the 2016 NFL draft. 

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