'Catastrophic' Injury Leaves Bills Tight End in Grave Condition

Everett paralyzed, faces fight for life
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2007 4:34 AM CDT
'Catastrophic' Injury Leaves Bills Tight End in Grave Condition
Buffalo Bills reserve tight end Kevin Everett lays on the field after an injury during the second half of the NFL football game against the Denver Broncos at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. Everett had surgery Sunday after injuring his spine on a kickoff and there...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett may never walk again and faces a fight for his life after suffering serious injuries in Sunday's game, doctors said yesterday. Everett , 25, suffered a fractured spine and damage to his spinal cord on a helmet-to-helmet hit during the second-half kickoff of a loss to the visiting Broncos.

The best-case scenario, which is unlikely, is a full recovery, though Everett has touch sensation and some movement. His injuries were "catastrophic," said spinal specialist Andrew Cappuccino, but the player was alert and aware of what was going on. He told me, 'Do everything you can to help me,'" said the doctor. (Read more Kevin Everett stories.)

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