Bills Player Makes Promising Progress

Everett off ventilator but still has no movement in his hands
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2007 6:59 AM CDT
Bills Player Makes Promising Progress
Buffalo Bills players hold hands in prayer for Bills' Kevin Everett after he suffered 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...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Bills tight end Kevin Everett is talking, wiggling his toes, and bending his knees, raising hopes for "community independent ambulation," the team orthopedist said yesterday. "Walking out of this hospital really is not a realistic goal," said Andrew Cappuccino. "But walking may very well be." Healing is only just beginning, and he still has no movement in his hands.

The 25-year-old is off a ventilator, the Buffalo News reports, and is no longer considered quadriplegic. His mother told the AP she's confident: "They don't know Kevin Everett. I always told him when he was a little boy, 'You show them better than you can tell them.' He's going to be fine. I really believe it." (Read more NFL stories.)

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