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Default NFL Notebook: Bills TE has 'catastrophic' spinal injury

Tuesday, September 11, 2007
From wire dispatches

Kevin Everett sustained a "catastrophic" and life-threatening spinal-cord injury while trying to make a tackle in the Buffalo Bills' season-opening loss to Denver and is unlikely to walk again, the surgeon who operated on him said yesterday.

"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 on the second-half kickoff. Everett dropped face-first to the turf after his helmet hit Hixon high on the left shoulder and side of the helmet.

Cappuccino noted that Everett, 25, a reserve tight end, did have touch sensation throughout his body and also showed signs of movement. But he cautioned that Everett's injury was life-threatening because he was still susceptible to blood clots, infection and breathing failure.

Everett is in the intensive care unit of Buffalo's Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital, where he is under 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.

Raiders

Oakland has agreed to pay No. 1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell at least $31 million guaranteed after lengthy negotiations with the quarterback's agents the past four days, according to sources.

Reaching that figure clears the way for Russell signing a contract at any time, perhaps as soon as today. Raiders coach Lane Kiffin confirmed as much.

"It just continues to sound like they are getting closer and closer," Kiffin said at his weekly news conference yesterday. "You just never know. I know that the sides are as close as they've ever been."

The proposed deal is expected to be for six years and make it possible for Russell to earn as much as $60 million over the life of the contract.

Giants

Quarterback Eli Manning has a bruised right shoulder and it is uncertain whether he will play against the Green Bay Packers Sunday.

Manning had an MRI yesterday that revealed a contusion to the acromioclavicular joint, near the collarbone.

"They have put it in my hands," Manning said of his playing status. "It's how you heal, and when you start to feel good and when you can make the throws. It's not a certain amount of time. It's how long you take to heal. I hope I'm a fast healer."

Manning's shoulder will be iced and get electrical stimulation the next two days. The Giants start practicing for the Packers tomorrow.

Jets

Quarterback Chad Pennington has an injured right ankle. New York acknowledged that much, but the team wouldn't say how badly the ankle is hurt or how long he will be out.

"It is the ankle, same as what was announced during the game," coach Eric Mangini said. "We'll review it during the course of the week, like we do every injury situation."

Pennington injured the ankle when he was sacked in the third quarter of the Jets' 38-14 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday.

Rams

Offensive tackle Orlando Pace will miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder suffered in the season opener against Carolina. The injury is Pace's second season-ender in two games, after his left triceps was torn in November.

Elsewhere

The NFL is looking into claims a New England Patriots employee was videotaping signals by Jets coaches on New York's sideline in the season opener. "The rule is that no video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches' booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game," the league said in a statement. ... One-time NFL player and former Fox Sports broadcaster Bill Maas of Pitt was charged with drug possession and weapons charges stemming from a July roadside safety check in Illinois.


First published on September 11, 2007 at 12:00 am
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