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Devon Still gets good news, a little bit of it about football

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Devon Still wasn’t sure he was going to be back with the Bengals this year.

But frankly, he had bigger concerns.

The defensive tackle cleared the biggest weight off his mind Tuesday, when he got good news about his daughter Leah’s battle with cancer.

Still posted on Instagram that “doctors told us they didn’t see any active disease in her body,” and then told Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website he hopes it’s a sign of things to come.

Leah and her family still await the results of an MRI and a bone biopsy later this week, and she’ll need a stem cell transplant to help rebuild her immune system. But this was obviously a big step.

It just feels so good to great news after nine months of only hearing bad news,” Still said. “Hopefully when they get the rest of the results Thursday it will be the same thing. It’s just a great feeling.”

Leah’s battle with cancer became a national story last season, with many teams pitching in to help, and more than 10,000 people buying Devon’s jersey to support cancer research. The Bengals donated over $1 million to a local hospital through the efforts.

Now comes the small matter of football. The Bengals have offered to bring Still back next year, but Leah’s medical situation gave him pause.

“That was based on today’s tests,” Still said. “Obviously if the news hadn’t been this good, I would have wanted to have spent more time with my daughter. But now that it looks like things are headed on the right path, I’m ready to go back and play football.”

That’s good news for Still and the Bengals, but the best news is that Leah’s getting optimistic reports from her doctors.

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39 Responses to “Devon Still gets good news, a little bit of it about football”
  1. rutchaser says: Mar 18, 2015 6:51 AM

    Great news. No child should have to go through this. I have a 10 month old daughter and I can’t imagine seeing her in this situation. Best of luck to Leah.

  2. jm91rs says: Mar 18, 2015 6:56 AM

    That’s great news! As a bengals fan I’ll be happy to see him back, but part of me was hoping the Eagles would make him an offer so he could stay closer to Leah.

  3. bobl242 says: Mar 18, 2015 7:00 AM

    Great news! Praying for Leah and her family.

  4. chieftaindawg says: Mar 18, 2015 7:02 AM

    New England is Leah Strong.

  5. sheepybrown says: Mar 18, 2015 7:04 AM

    Yaaaay! Well done Leah XXX

  6. icebergsimpson says: Mar 18, 2015 7:10 AM

    This is great news! Congrats to Leah Still!

  7. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Mar 18, 2015 7:11 AM

    Good man. He’s gonna be a father AFTER he’s done being a football player, so it’s good to see he’s being a loving father FIRST.

  8. 69goatboy says: Mar 18, 2015 7:38 AM

    Great news, Devon!!
    Stay strong, Leah!!

  9. bengalsucker says: Mar 18, 2015 7:46 AM

    Nobody cares about football when it comes to their kid. And they shouldn’t. So glad Leah is getting back to where she needs to be! Way to be there for her Devon. This little girl had the entire country rooting for her. She’s been through more than most adults could ever imagine. She’s a tough kid. Prayers to you and your family!

  10. burghboys6 says: Mar 18, 2015 8:05 AM

    great to hear a good story on here… best of luck to you and your daughter!

  11. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Mar 18, 2015 8:18 AM

    Wonderful news for Leah. Stay strong, girl!

  12. truedirk says: Mar 18, 2015 8:23 AM

    Great news. Everyone’s praying for you.

  13. footballfan58 says: Mar 18, 2015 8:32 AM

    I still keep this little girl in my prayers. No child should have to go through what she is going through.

    Football is just a game and there is certainly a lot of sniping that goes on in these comments on the PFT site, but at the end of the day I think everyone’s heart breaks for what this family has had to endure.

    Lots of love and hugs sent your way, Leah!

    A Pat’s fan

  14. mikebyrne1502 says: Mar 18, 2015 8:43 AM

    Feel good story, thank you!

  15. goodellisagoner says: Mar 18, 2015 8:44 AM

    Don’t like the Bengals,but love this story!!

  16. mlandsjr says: Mar 18, 2015 8:47 AM

    Continued prayers for his daughter’s recovery. Whether he plays or not fans of every NFL team can easily root for this family.

  17. grogseal says: Mar 18, 2015 8:48 AM

    Wonderful news!

    One of the joyous stories that involves an NFLer.

  18. hamiltos777 says: Mar 18, 2015 8:54 AM

    Glad there is some positive news for this family. Praying the rest of the news is as good and a donor is found quickly. Glad we live in a time when when science can help give these kids a life.

  19. neilpountney says: Mar 18, 2015 8:57 AM

    Who is not cheering for this man and his family, good on the Bengals for doing what they do and continued good fortune on this family!

  20. taylormaximus says: Mar 18, 2015 9:23 AM

    Great news doctors and science is amazing

  21. Patskrieg says: Mar 18, 2015 9:28 AM

    Great news. Pulling for her.

  22. newkevgiants says: Mar 18, 2015 9:29 AM

    Thoughts and prayers for this little girl! -Giants Fan

  23. dreadscottroberts says: Mar 18, 2015 9:44 AM

    Great to hear, and all my best for a speedy (and full) recovery. Family comes first, and it’s amazing to see the way the NFL community has come together and done the right thing around this.

    Secondly, to people who are disliking comments about a little girl’s recovery from pediatric cancer, well… you’re much sicker than she is. There isn’t much that will cure you.

  24. blacknole08 says: Mar 18, 2015 9:45 AM

    I needed this this morning. All the respect in the world for Devon Still and so happy to hear that beautiful little girl is doing a lot better.

  25. unclemoobaa1911 says: Mar 18, 2015 9:49 AM

    Who thumbs down well wishes and positive comments for a little girl recovering from cancer? I know PFT has lots of trolls…but come on people.

  26. mnvikingsfan says: Mar 18, 2015 9:51 AM

    Best of luck to Devon and his family!

    On a side note, how can ANYONE give a thumbs down to those that wish the family well?

  27. smalltownqb says: Mar 18, 2015 10:42 AM

    I look at the Up/Down in comments here and wonder “Who is the flipping idiot marking thumbs down”.

  28. smalltownqb says: Mar 18, 2015 10:42 AM

    unclemoobaa1911 says:
    Mar 18, 2015 9:49 AM
    Who thumbs down well wishes and positive comments for a little girl recovering from cancer? I know PFT has lots of trolls…but come on people.

    Amen Uncle.

  29. 69goatboy says: Mar 18, 2015 10:50 AM

    smalltownqb says: Mar 18, 2015 10:42 AM

    I look at the Up/Down in comments here and wonder “Who is the flipping idiot marking thumbs down”.
    I was wondering the same.
    It’s probably a PFT troll that somehow gets off by thumbing down every post, no matter the content.
    Likely an insecure weasel trying to make himself feel better by poo-pooing upon others.
    Unfortunately, every internet space seems to have at least one.

  30. granadafan says: Mar 18, 2015 11:21 AM

    However his career goes, Devon Still will always be a winner in my book. Too often there are guys like Cromartie, Shawn Kemp, Adrian Peterson, etc who have multiple kids and no relationship with the kids or refuse to pay child support.

    Also, mega props to the Bengals for keeping him on the roster so he can get a paycheck and benefits when they didn’t have to.

  31. snakeskinsoul says: Mar 18, 2015 11:29 AM

    awesome!!!! I hate the Bengals,,,huge Browns fan. Doesn’t matter at all in the really real world….God Bless the whole family. 🙂

  32. axespray says: Mar 18, 2015 11:33 AM


  33. westtupper88 says: Mar 18, 2015 11:43 AM

    It’s disgusting that some of these comments have a thumbs down on them. We are talking about a kid who beat cancer here. Good for Devon and his family.

  34. bonniebengal says: Mar 18, 2015 12:04 PM

    Way to go, Leah!!!

  35. bonniebengal says: Mar 18, 2015 12:22 PM

    The thumbs down are mind boggling. If anyone here is not happy that this little girl has beaten cancer, then you need to make an appointment with a psychiatrist pronto.

  36. natureboy123 says: Mar 18, 2015 12:27 PM

    Why don’t some of you jackasses who get such a kick out of thumbs-downing things like this come on here and defend yourselves and your reasoning?

    Yeah… That’s what I thought.

  37. jags32250 says: Mar 18, 2015 12:36 PM

    You all beat me to the thumbs down comment. It’s a reminder that there are people on this earth that need to be removed from the gene pool.

  38. nopepper123 says: Mar 18, 2015 2:02 PM

    Great news about Leah and you have to feel good for Devon Still, but here’s my question……..Can he really recapture his NFL level of play with basically not having his head, body and emotions into the game for this prolong period of time? It’s not like riding a bike. The NFL is a brutal sport that only a few can play. This guy hasn’t really been able to mend his craft properly now for a while. I don’t see him being much help to the Bengals if he returns. Great story, but it ends with his daughter unfortunately.

  39. natureboy123 says: Mar 18, 2015 3:20 PM

    Been a while since I posted my comment about the thumbs-downing losers and I still don’t see an admission.

    Why don’t you get on here and admit who you are, cowards? You have no guts to do this at a keyboard. MAN UP.

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