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9/10/07-Orchard Park, NY

Former Ranger Could Be Paralyzed

It is unlikely that Buffalo Bill tight end Kevin Everett will ever walk again.

Monday afternoon, doctors said the injury to his spine is "catastrophic" and that his chances of regaining motion in his limbs is "small."

Everett is currently in intensive care and sedated. He underwent emergency surgery for four hours on Sunday to repair the area damaged he sustained on a hit against the Denver Broncos. Reportedly bone chips were removed during that surgery.

Everett was a tight end for the Kilgore Rangers from 2001-2002. He went on from Kilgore to the University of Miami.

"He knew what was in front of him," said Rangers head coach J.J. Eckert. Eckert was an assistant coach with Kilgore while Everett was a player.

"I think he realized that if he came here and took care of his academics and played well, I think he realized what he wanted to accomplish and he tried to achieve that."

"We were up in the staff meeting and we had seen it come down and had a couple of phone calls that he had just gotten carted off the field. It was hard to swallow. You sit there and you see that. Particularly someone that you not only know as a person but that you've coached and put a lot of time in that process of helping him become a good football player. It was tough, you know our prayers go out to him and his family."

Doctors said Everett will remain sedated for another day while they continue to evaluate his condition.

He is originally from Port Arthur, Texas.

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