Bills TE Everett undergoes spinal surgery, paralysis a possibility

397-bn-20070910-a001-everettsinjurym-8848-mi0002_standalone_prod_affiliate_50.jpgAs those of you who watched the Denver Broncos-Buffalo Bills game on Sunday already know, Bills tight end Kevin Everett suffered what could very well be a career-ending injury in the Bills’ 15-14 loss to the Broncos. Everett was admitted to Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo with what is being described as a cervical spine injury.

Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold told Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News that Everett went into surgery about 8 PM Sunday, but said he did not know if Everett showed any signs of movement ever since he was driven off the field in an ambulance en route to the hospital. The team didn’t provide any more details; however a source who is familiar with the event says that during surgery surgeons removed bone chips from his third and fourth vertebrae. The most recent word out is that Everett is out of surgery and currently in the intensive care ward and on a respirator.

The injury happened when Everett went down after a collision with the Broncos’ Domenik Hixon on the opening kickoff of the 2nd half of the game; Everett lowered his head into Hixon’s chest to tackle him and had appeared to be unconscious on contact even before he hit the ground. Everett’s serious injury is another chapter in his “hard-luck” NFL career. In his rookie campaign (2005), he tore an ACL during the Bills’ minicamp. He also suffered a groin injury in 2006, although he he returned to the field for training camp. This kind of injury puts the game and probably your life priorities in perspective, especially if you’re an NFL player. All of us at NFL GRIDIRON GAB have Everett in our thoughts and prayers and hope that he comes out of this obviously distressing situation ok.


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