Ole Miss senior linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche was hospitalized this week for an undisclosed reason.
Thursday afternoon, Ole Miss released a statement on behalf of the Nkemdiche family and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze: "Denzel's condition has improved as of today, and he will remain in the hospital. His wellbeing 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."
Freeze said Wednesday that Nkemdiche was out for a "personal matter" and his status for Saturday's game against LSU was uncertain. The school has not released the reason Nkemdiche is in the hospital.
Nkemdiche leads the 25th-ranked Rebels with 53 tackles this season. He's the older brother of starting defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche.
The Rivals.com affiliate for Ole Miss, RebelGrove.com, first reported Nkemdiche was in the hospital.
Ole Miss (7-3) entertains LSU on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and will be televised by CBS.