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Buffalo Bills Deal with Difficult Player Injury

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Buffalo Bills Tight End Kevin Everett

By Eileen Buckley

Orchard Park, NY – The Buffalo Bills are dealing with one of the most difficult situations that a football organization can endure -- an injury that could leave a player paralyzed.

Sunday, at the Bills season-home opener, tight end Kevin Everett suffered a spine injury on a tackle of a Denver player.

The Bills worked out Monday morning at Ralph Wilson Stadium Field house, but their thoughts are with Everett and his family.

Bills punter Brian Moorman says there is nothing more difficult than watching a teammate suffer this type of injury.

"When you see that happen it is really tough. I hope it is the last time I ever have to choke back tears on the middle of the playing field. Because really, at the end of the day, you are just sitting there watching and waiting for him to give you the thumbs up, you know the one everyone always gets on the field, and he didn't give it," said Moorman.

Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron says Sunday's season-homeowner was a "difficult day" that affected everyone at Ralph Wilson Stadium. But coach Jauron says football is a game that carries that risk.

"It is a dangerous game, and yesterday we saw that. It is part of the game and we understand that. But we also understand it is what we choose to do," said Jauron.

Everett showed no sings of movement on the field after the tackle. The Bills team doctor and the consulting neurosurgeon are briefing reporters this afternoon on Everett's condition.

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