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After being airlifted to Memphis hospital, Ole Miss player released

Lane Kiffin's been around football his entire life. So, too, has ex-wife Layla, whose late father, John Reaves, was a former Florida Gators and pro football standout.

Their son, Knox, has routinely been spotted at Ole Miss practices and tossing a football on the field before games.

On Monday, Lane Kiffin said he called Layla and declared he didn't care if Knox ever again played football.

Kiffin had just seen one of his Rebels' players, Damarcus Thomas, “severely injured” in practice and airlifted to a medical facility. While Kiffin told reporters that Thomas did have some movement in his extremities as he was airlifted from the scene, the first-year Ole Miss coach still was left shaken.

By later Monday, both Ole Miss' official football Twitter account and Kiffin shared positive updates on Thomas, who was released with full movement in his limbs. https://twitter.com/lane_kiffin/status/1323436699943395328?s=21 Thomas is a 6-foot-1, 245-pound freshman tight end from Whatley, Alabama, per his Ole Miss bio. The rural South Alabama town is more than 250 miles from Ole Miss' Oxford campus and more than 330 miles from Memphis, Tennessee, where sources confirmed to FootballScoop.com that Thomas was being airlifted. An Ole Miss athletics source told FootballScoop, "DaMarcus Thomas is a great kid. Comes from a great family. This one hurts. We're all praying for him."

Update> Wonderful news this evening.