Ole Miss senior linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche is “up and talking” as of Thursday morning, according to David Brandt of the Associated Press.
ESPN’s Joe Schad is reporting that Nkemdiche’s status is improving and is not life threatening, according to Ole Miss and Nkemdiche’s family. He will not play Saturday against LSU.
Nkemdiche has spent multiple days in the intensive care unit of an Oxford hospital this week, according to Neal McCready of RebelGrove.com. He is expected to be released from the hospital on Thursday, according to Brandt.
Nkemdiche did not report for team meetings Sunday and was “found” and taken to the hospital Monday, according to McCready. The reason for his hospitalization is still unknown.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said Wednesday that Nkemdiche was “questionable” for Saturday’s contest against No. 15 LSU. However, he will not play, according to Schad.
“He’s questionable and dealing with a personal matter that he and his family are going through,” Freeze told reporters after the Rebels’ practice Wednesday, according to Chase Parham of RebelGrove.com. “We are going to walk through it with him. It’s kind of day by day on that, so I don’t know if I have the answer on that, also.”
Nkemdiche, who was listed as a co-starter on Ole Miss’ depth chart this week, has a team-high 53 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks.