Bills player not moving limbs after neck injury

The Baltimore Sun

Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett had surgery last night, hours after he showed no signs of movement after suffering a severe neck injury

Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said he was informed by the team's medical staff that Everett went into surgery at a Buffalo hospital. Berchtold said he 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 after the Bills' 15-14 loss to the visiting Denver Broncos that Everett sustained a cervical spine injury.

Everett fell immediately to the ground and showed no signs of consciousness after a helmet-to-helmet hit when he tackled Denver's Domenik Hixon during a kickoff to open the second half. Everett was placed on a backboard with his head and body immobilized, and loaded into an ambulance.

The game was delayed about 15 minutes.

Everett's injury was the most severe, but far from the only one sustained by Bills players during the game.

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. Linebacker Coy Wire, who was filling in for injured starter Keith Ellison, sprained his knee in the first quarter.

Redskins -- Right tackle Jon Jansen could be out for the year after breaking his right ankle in the second quarter of the season opener against the Dolphins. 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 was carted off the field. Rookie Stephon Heyer (Maryland) took Jansen's place for the rest of the game.

Rams -- Offensive tackle Orlando Pace will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging today after injuring his right shoulder in a loss to Carolina. The injury happened when Pace, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection was pass-blocking in the second quarter. After a play, Pace began to run off the field but dropped to a knee before reaching the sideline. He walked into the locker room for X-rays and did not return.

Eagles -- Cornerback Lito Sheppard is scheduled to have tests today after he left the loss against the Packers with a sprained right knee. Coach Andy Reid said Sheppard would have an MRI on a sprained medial collateral ligament.

Texans -- Starting strong safety Jason Simmons left the field on a motorized cart after tearing his left patellar tendon in the win over the Chiefs.

Vikings -- Starting running back Chester Taylor injured his hip on a screen pass in the first quarter of Minnesota's victory over Atlanta. He didn't return. As Taylor reached up to catch the pass, he immediately pulled his arm down and crumpled to the turf as the pass fell incomplete. Taylor, a former Raven, lay on the turf for several moments before walking off. Coach Brad Childress said Taylor would be re-evaluated today.

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