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9/10/07-Orchard Park, NY

Former Kilgore Ranger Everett Suffers Spinal Injury

Buffalo Bills reserve tight end and Port Arthur native Kevin Everett is in intensive care with a spinal injury.

Doctors in New York state say the 25-year-old player will spend one to two days under sedation. Physicians want to evaluate the extent of Everett's severe spinal injury that could leave him paralyzed.

Everett is at Buffalo's Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital. Everett underwent surgery just hours after he was hurt Sunday in a season-opening loss to Denver.

Everett sustained a cervical spine injury when he ducked his head while driving in to tackle Denver's Domenik Hixon during the second half-opening kickoff.

Everett dropped face first to the ground after his helmet hit Hixon high on the left shoulder and side of the helmet. Everett's family members, including mother Patricia Dugas, were heading to Buffalo from their Houston-area home.

Everett was a tight end for the Kilgore Rangers football team from 2001-2002 before leaving for University of Miami.

(Part of this story from KLTV and the Associated Press. Copyright 2007. All rights reserved.)

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