WJTV – Denzel Nkemdiche remains in an Oxford hospital but his condition is improving.
In a statement on Thursday from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Nkemdiche’s parents, Sunday and Beverly, they said the senior linebacker’s condition is not life-threatening.
“Denzel’s condition has improved as of today, and he will remain in the hospital,” the statement said. “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 disclosed yet. Freeze had said on Wednesday that Nkemdiche is “dealing with a personal matter.”
On Wednesday, RebelGrove.com reported Nkemdiche was in an intensive care unit and had been in the hospital since Monday.
Nkemdiche leads the Rebels in tackles this season with 53. He is also third on the team in tackles for loss with 6.5.
The senior is a former All-SEC second team selection and first team Freshman All-American. He is also the older brother of Rebel junior defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche.