Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, who has been in the hospital since Monday, will not play on Saturday.
Nkemdiche’s parents, Beverly and Sunday Nkemdiche, and Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze released a statement on Thursday, saying that his condition has improved and is not life-threatening, according to The Clarion-Ledger. But it also said that he will remain in the hospital and off the field for now.
“Denzel’s condition has improved as of today, and he will remain in the hospital,” the statement read. “His well being is all that matters right now, and we are making sure he receives the highest level of medical care. While his condition is not life-threatening, he will not play this weekend. We thank the Ole Miss family for their concern and encouragement, and we appreciate everyone respecting the family’s privacy during this time.”
The reason for Nkemdiche’s hospitalization has not been released.
According to RebelGrove.com, Nkemdiche did not report for team meetings on Sunday. He was found on Monday and taken to the hospital. He has been in the intensive care unit since then.
Nkemdiche leads the Rebels with 53 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks.
No. 22 Ole Miss (7-3) hosts No. 15 LSU (7-2) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.