Bills' Everett has `Very Small' Chance of Walking After Surgery
By Mason Levinson
Sept. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett faces a ``statistically very small'' chance of walking again after his upper spine was injured while making a tackle, the doctor who operated on him said.
Everett had voluntary movement of his legs this morning after surgery and can feel in all his limbs, Dr. Andrew Cappuccino said in a televised news conference.
The orthopedic surgeon said Everett is now in a ``deeply sedated drug-induced state'' in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Buffalo, New York, and remained in danger.
``I have to tell you that statistically the chances of that occurring are very small,'' Cappuccino said when asked if Everett might walk again.
Everett, 25, was injured in a helmet-to-helmet collision with Denver Broncos kick returner Domenik Hixon in the third quarter of yesterday's National Football League season-opener in Orchard Park, New York.
He was motionless for several minutes before being placed on a backboard to immobilize his head and body, and showed no signs of movement as he was loaded into an ambulance and driven off the Ralph Wilson Stadium field.