Devon Still's daughter has tumor removed

In an early NFL season featuring plenty of negative stories, there's been one as uplifting as any in recent memory.

It comes from Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, who has had to endure his young daughter, Leah, being diagnosed with cancer and go through the rigors of treatment. On Thursday night, Still's daughter got some great news after undergoing a five-and-a-half hour surgical procedure to remove a tumor.

"After a 5hr 50min surgery the surgeon was able to remove ALL of her tumor and all of her lymph nodes and her right adrenal gland where it all started from," Still posted on his personal Instagram page. "Best news I've received in a long time."

This doesn't mean that Leah's cancer is removed, as Still later posted that she is in Stage 4. She'll still have to go undergo additional procedures to remove the cancer from her bone marrow.

Still's story has caught on in a positive way throughout the league. In order to spend time with Leah through this process, the Bengals released him after training camp and put him on the practice squad, so that he could keep the NFL's insurance plan to pay for Leah's medical bills while not focusing primarily on football. However, Still has since been promoted back to the 53-man roster.

Still's jersey is selling for $100 on the Bengals' official website, with proceeds going toward cancer research funds. Saints coach Sean Payton bought 100 jerseys of his own.

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