Bills TE Everett could be left paralyzed

  1. Bills TE Everett could be left paralyzed

    Well I was going to pimp the Broncos, but after learning the severity of the injury to the Bills Kevin Everett. I would like give my best wishes.

    1:27 p.m. Medical personnel attend to Bills tight end Kevin Everett yesterday afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo. Everett sustained a cervical spine injury while tackling Broncos kick returner Domenik Hixon. "He's had some sparse movement," Everett's agent Brian Overstreet said late Sunday, after his client had lengthy surgery. "Our concern is for him to come out of this healthy and, hopefully, be able to walk again." Everett will spend one to two days under sedation as doctors evaluate the extent of a severe spinal injury that could leave him paralyzed.

  2. Everett likely paralyzed with 'catastrophic' injury

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills' Kevin Everett sustained a "catastrophic" and life-threatening spinal-cord injury and his chances of regaining a full range of body motion are very small, an orthopedic surgeon said Monday.

    "A best-case scenario is full recovery, but not likely," Dr. Andrew Cappuccino said, one day after performing a four-hour operation on the player. "I believe there will be some permanent neurological paralysis. ... A full neurological recovery was bleak, dismal."

    Cappuccino noted the 25-year-old reserve tight end did have touch sensation throughout his body and also showed signs of movement.

    Everett's family members, including mother Patricia Dugas, were to arrive in Buffalo on Monday from their Houston home, Armstead said.

    Everett sustained what the team called a cervical spine injury Sunday when he ducked his head while driving in to tackle Denver's Domenik Hixon during the second half-opening kickoff. Everett dropped face first to the ground after his helmet hit Hixon high on the left shoulder and side of the helmet.

    Punter Brian Moorman was one of many Bills players shaken by Everett's injury.

    "It's a tough situation to watch because he's somebody's son, brother and friend," Moorman said Monday. "It's all you could think about during the game, after it happened, after the game and this morning. And we just want him to get better, we want him to heal."

    Quarterback J.P. Losman said it was difficult to concentrate during practice.

    "It seems like every couple of seconds that go by it's always popping into your head," Losman said. "Going through a walk-through, we're looking for him, wanting to hear his voice."

    The Bills have Tuesday off before returning to practice to prepare to play at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

    Replays showed the player twitching for a few seconds as he attempted to get up before falling back to the ground. Everett had his eyes open but showed no further signs of movement during the next 15 minutes as the team's medical staff and emergency personnel carefully placed him on a backboard and, with the player's head and body immobilized, loaded him into an ambulance at the Broncos 30.

    Coach **** Jauron said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called him Sunday evening, offering the league's support.

    "We honor ourselves by our work, and we honor Kevin by moving forward and working while never forgetting Kevin and never getting him out of our thoughts and prayers," Jauron said. "We're going to wait and see what the outcome is here and we're really hoping and praying for the best."

    Buffalo's 2005 third-round draft pick out of Miami, Everett missed his rookie season because of a knee injury. He spent most of last year playing special teams. He was hoping to make an impact as a receiver.

    His injury recalled the one to Mike Utley, the former Detroit Lions guard who was paralyzed below the chest. He injured his neck in a collision during a 1991 game.

    "I'm sorry this young man got hurt," Utley told the AP. "It wasn't a cheap shot. It was a great form tackle and that's it."

    The 41-year-old Utley now lives in Washington state and is promoting a bike tour aimed at raising money in an effort to cure paralysis.

    "These are big strong men competing at the highest level. You can do everything to prepare yourself -- lift weights and all that," Utley said. "But is it going to happen again? Yes."

    Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

  3. He apparently moved his arms and legs today so hopefully the guy can recover. It also seemed as if more players got sidelined after the opening week then in recent years.

  4. happened to a teammate in highschool playing rugby. we learned never to duck your head again.

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