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Cincinnati Bengals release DT Devon Still

Still, a former second-round pick who had his world completely changed during the summer, is eligible for the team's practice squad.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have released defensive tackle Devon Still, according to Pro Football Talk.

Still, a former second-round pick from the 2012 NFL draft, spent most of his career in Cincinnati dealing with a collection of injuries or the unfortunate victim of depth at the position. He was out for the second half of 2012 when the defensive line was recovering from other injuries. During midseason in 2013, he missed four games with a dislocated elbow and was placed on Injured Reserve on Dec. 18 with a herniated disc.

With 18 games under his belt, Still posted 21 tackles, a forced fumble, a shared sack and three passes defensed.

Per Paul Dehner Jr., Still is eligible for the team's practice squad.

It would have been an impossible season for Still, regardless. Several months ago, he nearly retired from football when he discovered that his four-year old daughter Leah, has stage four cancer called neuroblastoma.

"When I found out, I told my family I was done. Done. I didn't feel comfortable leaving my daughter while she's going through this," said Still. "She's fighting for her life. Sports is not more important than me being there while my daughter is fighting for her life."

Cincinnati might be doing Still a solid by releasing him, placing him on the team's practice squad. Though the income would be dramatically smaller, Still would stay close in Cincinnati (won't travel with the team during away games) and be fully insured (treatment for his daughter).