Daily Archives: September 9, 2007
Reserve Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett suffered a horrible injury to start the second half of yesterday’s game against the Bills. And now, his ability to walk and overall quality of life have come into question.
The surgery has been called “lengthy” and “serious,” and right now Everett is reportedly in intensive care and on a respirator. Several bone chips were removed through the surgery, and the doctors are insistent that the Bills make no speculative announcements regarding Everett’s future in any way at this point.
Several Broncos mentioned concern for Everett, including Jason Elam, who began his press conference Q&A by voicing concern for the tight end.
(CBS/AP) Kevin Everett sustained a “catastrophic” and life-threatening spinal-cord injury while trying to make a tackle during the Buffalo Bills’ season opener and is unlikely to walk again, the surgeon who operated on him Monday said.
“A best-case scenario is full recovery, but not likely,” orthopedic surgeon Andrew Cappuccino said. “I believe there will be some permanent neurologic deficit.”
Everett was hurt Sunday after he ducked his head while tackling the Denver Broncos’ Domenik Hixon during the second-half kickoff. Everett dropped face-first to the ground after his helmet hit Hixon high on the left shoulder and side of the helmet.
ROCHESTER – Although he never played professional football Anthony Salmon knows about sports and spinal cord injuries. It happened almost exactly four years ago.
During a game in September 2003, Anthony Salmon of Wilson Magnet High School made a tackle and didn’t get up. He couldn’t get up. His spinal cord was severed.
Today he reflects on the uncertainty that Everett is facing now, which all came back when Salmon was watching Sunday’s game.
“First thought was I hope he’s alright that’s the first thing you think of when you see any player get hurt,” Salmon said.
(Buffalo, NY) – – Spinal cord injuries are often life-changing events. Monday night Doctor Peter Ostrow has even more from a local neurosurgeon on what the future may hold for Kevin Everett.
Dr. Ryan Denhaese has seen many patients with injuries similar to Kevin Everett’s. Some of them were football players.
Dr. Ryan Denhaese, Brain and Spine Center, “They teach ball players to look up when they tackle, and they do that for a reason. And if you look down when you tackle, you can imagine that would be the kind of thing that would happen. Its a common injury.”