Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still is going through a lot right now. Amidst some of the scrutiny he has received due to injuries and inconsistent on-field play, he has found a warm embrace by the organization and its fans, as he has been focusing on his ailing daughter.
Still himself admitted that he can't wholly focus on football at the moment, as his daughter is receiving treatment for cancer that was diagnosed this offseason. In what may seem like a warped act of goodwill gesture by the club, they cut him with the final moves and then subsequently signed him to the Practice Squad. The motive? So Still can be a paid member of the football team and remain close to his daughter as she recovers.
The two days following the nice divisional win in Baltimore on Sunday have been enigmatic for the Bengals. Another final defensive tackle cut down, Christo Bilukidi, was signed by the Ravens off of waivers. While it appeared that Cincinnati was ready to sign veteran lineman Kevin Vickerson, Vickerson signed with Kansas City on Tuesday.
Now, it appears that Still will get a chance at redemption this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. His agent, the (in)famous Drew Rosenhaus made an announcement via Twitter on Tuesday night:
Congrats to @Dev_Still71 on being signed to the Bengals active roster. Thanks to the Bengals organization for all their support— Drew Rosenhaus (@RosenhausSports) September 9, 2014
Still will be rotating in with Geno Atkins, who was pretty exhausted after the team's win on Sunday. It's unclear just how much playing time he'll receive against Atlanta, but he's part of the 53-man roster, if Rosenhaus' announcement is correct. Of course, we need to wait for official confirmation by the club.
Fans can also purchase a Still jersey, where all proceeds will go to children's cancer research.