Devon Still's comeback stopped by season-ending injury

Ex-Bengal hurt in third game with Texans
Posted at 6:39 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 19:00:38-04

HOUSTON (AP) — Just when Devon Still's football career was looking up, an injury will sideline him for the rest of the season.

The Houston Texans placed the former Bengals defensive end on injured reserve Wednesday because of a foot injury that required surgery.

Still made a comeback this year after the Bengals cut him before the 2015 season. Still appeared in three games for the Texans and had three tackles in Sunday's game before getting hurt.  

"What he's gone through the past couple of years with his daughter Leah ... we feel for the guy," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He did a good job for us while he was here and I'm sure he'll come back from this and play more football in this league."

Still tweeted a message seemed to address his latest setback.

"No matter who you are life will always test what you're made of," he tweeted.

He ended that tweet with the hashtags "never give up" and "always strong."

While with the Bengals, Still and his daughter Leah inspired the nation by sharing details of the now 6-year-old 's  fight with cancer.. Cincinnati kept him on the roster in 2014 in part so he'd have health insurance to cover her treatments. The Bengals donated more than $1 million in sales from Still's No. 75 jersey to Cincinnati Children's Hospital for pediatric cancer research and treatment during her fight.

WATCH: Leah and Devon win Jimmy V. Perseverance Award at 2015 ESPY's.

With Leah in remission, Still rededicated himself to football this offseason and earned a spot on Houston's roster. He had an opportunity for more playing time in the wake of the season-ending injury to J.J. Watt before he got hurt himself.