Devon Still missed the entire 2015 NFL season while caring for his daughter, Leah, during her cancer treatments. Unfortunately for Still, his 2016 season is over.
Still was supposed to replace J.J. Watt after Watt was placed on injured reserve with a back injury. Instead, Still joined Watt on the IR on Tuesday following surgery to repair a Lisfranc foot sprain.
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“It’s tough,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien told reporters, via the Houston Chronicle. “As soon as they diagnosed it, they went ahead and operated on him. I think that’s a tough thing. Obviously, Devon being a Penn State guy and what he’s gone through the past couple of years with his daughter, Leah. We feel for the guy, but he did a good job for us while he was here and I’m sure he’ll come back and play more football in this league.”
Still was a second-round pick of the Bengals in 2012 and had a season-high three tackles in Sunday’s 27-20 win over the Tennessee Titans. Leah Still was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 at the age of 4, but is now cancer-free.
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Still was replaced on the Texans active roster by defensive end Brandon Dunn, who was promoted from the practice squad. The Texans, who will face the Vikings Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, signed defensive end Dan Pettinato to the practice squad to fill Dunn’s spot.