HOUSTON (AP) -Kevin Everett was transferred Friday to a Houston hospital to begin the next phase of his rehabilitation, less than two weeks after the Buffalo Bills tight end sustained a life-threatening spinal cord injury.
The ambulance that took Everett to Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital was followed by a town car with two women inside, both wearing Everett jerseys. The women got out and watched as he was wheeled into the medical center.
Everett left Buffalo earlier Friday in a private plane with his mother, Patricia Dugas. Everett was scheduled to be transferred to the Institute for Rehabilitation at the Houston hospital.
Everett spent two weeks at Buffalo's Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital paralyzed from the neck down. He was hurt making a tackle in the Bills' season opener against Denver on Sept. 9.
Initially fearing he would never walk again, doctors have since significantly upgraded their prognosis and plan to have Everett try to stand on his own in the next few days.
Dr. Barth Green, chairman of the neurological surgery department at the University of Miami school of medicine, said doctors are confident Everett could be walking within weeks if not sooner.
``They're very confident he'll be walking very soon ... in the next days or weeks, not months,'' Green told The Associated Press on Thursday shortly after discussing Everett's condition with Bills orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Cappuccino. ``I think the future for him is very bright.''
Green, co-founder of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, has been in constant contact with Everett's doctors.
And it was Green, who suggested Everett continue his rehabilitation in Houston, where he makes his offseason home, saying it's important for him to have his family and friends nearby.
``I love the Buffalo people, and I'll hate to leave them,'' Everett's mother said Thursday. ``But it'll be good that we can be closer to home for all our family to come over and see him because they're worried about him. ... He wants to see his family, too.''
NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw and NFLPA president Troy Vincent, a former teammate of Everett's in Buffalo, visited him Thursday.
``It was good to see Kevin making progress,'' Vincent said, in an e-mail to The AP.
---
AP Sports Writer John Wawrow contributed to this report.

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Chargers vs. Cowboys Prediction Will the Dallas Cowboys end their two-game losing skid when they host the Los Angeles Chargers at Thanksgiving Day? Kickoff for the second game of the Turkey Day...
Thumbnail Vikings vs. Lions Pick Can the Minnesota Vikings take complete control of the NFC North and get past the Detroit Lions when the two...
Thumbnail Giants vs. Redskins Total Pick Will the over cash for bettors when the Washington Redskins and New York Giants on Thursday night when the NFC East rivals clash at 8:30 p.m. ET?
Thumbnail Chargers vs. Cowboys Total Pick Will the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys combine for enough points to push the score over the betting total when the two teams meet at 4:30 p.m. ET on...
Week 12 NFL Survivor Pool Picks 11/21/17
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Thumbnail Week 12 NFL Survivor Pool Picks Need help making your selection of your NFL survivor pool? As we do every Tuesday, here are three options for Week 12 to help push you deeper into your NFL survivor...

NFL Team Pages