BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -Former New York Giants linebacker Corey Widmer was recovering from serious injuries after paragliding accident in the Chilean Andes.
The 38-year-old Widmer said he severely fractured a vertebrae, which required the removal of two ribs to stabilize his back. Doctors said the injury didn't cause any paralysis.
``We are still not out of the woods yet,'' Widmer told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle by phone from a hospital in Iquique, Chile, on Friday. ``We are still kind of taking it a day at a time.''
Widmer, who played eight seasons with the Giants, was injured a week ago on the first day of the paragliding trip. He said he crashed shortly after takeoff when he tipped a wing ``and it shot me into the side of the mountain.''
``I had a bunch of paragliding pilots with me,'' he said. ``I didn't know it was broke at first and I was able to get down part of the mountain.''
Widmer was drafted in 1992 out of Montana State in the seventh round. He was released after the 1999 season following a back injury.
Widmer said he hoped to be able to fly back to the United States in time for the holidays.
``The future right now is up in the air and to tell you the truth, I am pretty scared,'' he said.

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