It is likely that Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett will likely never regain a full range of body motion.
"A best-case scenario is full recovery, but not likely," Dr. Andrew Cappuccino said, one day after performing a four-hour operation on the player. "I believe there will be some permanent neurological paralysis. ... A full neurological recovery was bleak, dismal."
According to the AP, "Everett is currently under forced sedation and breathing through a respirator as doctors wait for the swelling to lessen. Cappuccino said it will take up to three days to determine the severity of the injury and the recovery process.
During the operation, Cappuccino repaired a break between the third and fourth vertebrae and also alleviated the pressure on the spinal cord. Doctors made a bone graft and inserted a plate and four screws."
Everett sustained the injury during the opening kickoff of the second half of the Bills season opener against the Broncos. Everett fell to the ground after his helmet hit Hixon high on the left shoulder and side of the helmet.
This is a terrible event, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Everett and his family.