Bills' Everett has surgery after severe neck injury Print
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Sunday, 09 September 2007 14:44
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 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -Kevin Everett had surgery Sunday evening, hours after the Buffalo Bills tight end showed no signs of movement after sustaining a severe neck injury in the team's season opener against Denver.
Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said he was informed by the team's medical staff that Everett went into surgery at a Buffalo hospital at about 8 p.m. Berchtold said he had no further information, and didn't know whether Everett had shown any signs of movement since he was driven off the field in an ambulance.
Coach Dick Jauron said immediately following the game that the player sustained a cervical spine injury, but wouldn't discuss the severity of the injury.
Also, starting free safety Ko Simpson is out indefinitely after breaking his left ankle. Starting cornerback Jason Webster is out indefinitely after breaking his forearm in the fourth quarter. And Coy Wire, who was filling in for injured starter Keith Ellison, sprained his knee in the first quarter.
Washington right tackle Jon Jansen could be out for the year after breaking his right ankle in the second quarter.
Jansen was hurt when he was sandwiched between defensive end Matt Roth and linebacker Zach Thomas, who rolled onto Jansen's legs while sacking Jason Campbell. Jansen immediately yanked off his helmet and grabbed his face in agony as his teammates quickly surrounded him.
Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Garcia and running back Carnell ``Cadillac'' Williams left the game against Seattle in the third quarter.
The 37-year-old Garcia, making his first start with the Buccaneers, left after a dual hit in the legs and shoulders at the end of a scramble. The team said he was ``dinged,'' but he returned later in the game.
Williams got hit simultaneously by Kerney, Brian Russell and Lofa Tatupu at the end of a 4-yard run. He has a rib injury.
St. Louis offensive tackle Orlando Pace will undergo an MRI exam Monday after injuring his right shoulder in a loss to Carolina. Pace was pass blocking with 1:45 left in the second quarter. It wasn't immediately clear what happened, but there was no severe contact when Pace blocked the Panthers' Julius Peppers.
After the play, Pace began to run off the field, but was in enough pain that he dropped to a knee before reaching the sideline. Pace walked into the locker room for X-rays and did not return. For now, coach Scott Linehan is calling the injury ``a pretty bad sprain.''
Minnesota running back Chester Taylor injured his hip on a screen pass in the first quarter against Atlanta. He didn't return.
Taylor slipped out of the backfield and headed toward the flat as Tarvaris Jackson lofted a pass in Taylor's direction. But as Taylor reached up, he immediately pulled his arm down and crumpled to the turf as the pass fell incomplete. He watched the second half in uniform on the sideline.
Philadelphia cornerback Lito Sheppard is scheduled to have tests Monday after he left Sunday's game against Green Bay with a sprained right knee.
``It may be a little while,'' Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said. ``It's pretty tender right now.''
Sheppard was hurt in the second quarter.
Kansas City receiver Eddie Kennison injured his right hamstring on the Chiefs' first play from scrimmage against Houston. He got the ball from quarterback Damon Huard on a reverse, ran 5 yards, then pulled up after going out of bounds. Kennison ripped off his helmet and pounded it on the turf as he limped to the bench.
Houston strong safety Jason Simmons left the field on a motorized cart after tearing his left patellar tendon. Simmons hurt his knee as he tried to tackle Larry Johnson in the first half. Simmons lay still for a moment and the cart sped onto the field almost immediately.
Packers cornerback Al Harris insisted on going back into the game after hyperextending his right elbow in the first quarter. But he's not too crazy about the idea of playing special teams any more.
``I'm through with special teams, unless coach tells me, 'Al, you've got to get out there,''' Harris said. ``Then I'll get out there.''
As Harris was attempting to block on a punt return midway through the first quarter, Packers safety Atari Bigby slammed into both players. Harris, who was holding his right elbow in pain on the sideline, was carted to the locker room for X-rays with 7:13 remaining in the quarter. No. 3 cornerback Jarrett Bush took Harris' place on defense until Harris returned with 10:09 remaining in the second period with his right arm heavily wrapped.
 

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