Nick Bell, MSU Football Player, Battles Cancer

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Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell is in intensive care after emergency surgery in Birmingham, Ala., after it was found Sunday that his cancer has spread.

In a statement, MSU coach Dan Mullen says he visited Bell at the University of Alabama-Birmingham hospital on Monday afternoon. Bell, who is from Bessemer, Ala., had surgery on Monday morning. He began experiencing headaches in late September and had surgery on Oct. 1 to remove a mass on his brain. The mass was later diagnosed as a form of skin cancer.

"We found out this weekend it's metastasized through his body," Mullen said, according to The Birmingham News. "He took a little turn for the worse in the past three days. He's in a battle. He's struggling, so I'm going to go over and visit him."

Mullen says about 50 Mississippi State players planned to visit Bell in the hospital on Monday evening.

Bell, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound sophomore, has played in four games this season, including two starts, making seven tackles.