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Doctors Update Everett's Condition, Pleased with Progress

By Eileen Buckley


Buffalo, NY – Doctors confirmed Wednesday that Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett has shown signs of improvement. They met with reporters at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Everett suffered a severe spinal injury while making a tackle in Sunday's game against Denver. On Monday, doctors delivered a grim outlook for Everett. But they now say he has had movement in his ankles and toes.

Doctors say they are cautiously optimistic. Orthopedic physician, Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, says Everett has many weeks of recovery and does not believe he will be able to walk out of the hospital.

"I'm an optimist by nature. I'm slightly more optimistic that we may see some form of functional return," Cappuccino said. "I don't believe Kevin will play football. My hope is that someday Kevin will be able to achieve some form of community independent ambulation."

Neurosurgeon Dr. Kevin Gibbons also stressed to reporters that Everett has a long way to go. He says while he has some movement in his legs, he has no function in his hands.

Everett was removed from a ventilator Wednesday.

Several of Everett's team mates had a chance to visit him this week. The players offered support and encouragement to Everett.

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