Everett Continues Improving: The doctors updated the condition of Kevin Everett today and said he showed marked improvement yesterday and continues to improve today as he has had movement in his legs and some movement in his arms, especially with his triceps. He has little movement in his biceps and no movement in his hands. This is the opposite of most of these cases. They have elevated his temperature and took him off a respirator today. Futures surgeries are possible but none his scheduled at this point. They have many more answers now then they had at the beginning but many more need to be answered according to the doctors. They also said that walking is now a realistic goal although he won't walk out of this particular hospital like was reported yesterday by the Miami Project. The speed of his recovery is a great sign that they have seen before. They feel the recovery process will take months.
DiGiorgio Moves Outside? Chris Brown reports for the Bills official website that John DiGiorgio saw some practice time with the first team unit at the weakside linebacker spot. Mario Haggan played there against Denver after Coy Wire's injury. DiGiorgio has played strictly in the middle for the Bills since coming to Buffalo. Depth Chart.
Lynch, Reed Miss Practice:Marshawn Lynch missed practice today because of a stomach bug, possibly because of something he ate. Josh Reed did not practice because of a thigh contusion but they don't think it is serious. These two are on the injury report with the other players that are out. Injury Report.
Jauron Knows A Challenge Is Ahead: Dick Jauron addressed reporters today in his usual media day press conference. He said there will be a medical update later this afternoon around 4pm. The team's prayers are with him and his family. They have one open spot on their roster and they may or may not make a move. Talking about the game coming up, he said the Steelers know what they are doing and do it well. Offensively they score some points and the Bills have their work cut out for them this week. On defense, Pittsburgh is very active and do good with zone and man pressures that they mix up giving the team a lot to prepare for. The Everett situation isn't occupying all their time and they have had good meetings and good practices and they need to perform better. He doesn't see the situation has being an issue but does see it a challenge getting everyone focused. He does think the team is very professional and they care about what they do and he expects them to be ready to play and expects the players stepping in for the injured players to know their role and step up and do the job.
Near Impossible Task Ahead: The Bills have a very tough assignment this Sunday against the Steelers. They are battling the huge home field advantage that Pittsburgh always has. It is magnified by this being their home opener. The team must overcome losing three defensive players to injury. They also must try to play hard after the emotional injury to Kevin Everett. Complete Preview.
Bills Add Two Players: The Bills filled out their roster by signing two players today. The newest Bills are safety Bryan Scott and DE Copeland Bryan. Scott was a 2nd round draft pick of the Falcons in 2003. He has 201 career tackles and four career interceptions in 47 games. He played for the Saints last year in a reserve role and was released by the Titans this summer. Bryan doesn't have the experience Scott has. He was signed off of the Bears practice squad where he spent last year as well. He is familiar with the Bills defensive scheme since it's similar to Chicago's scheme. Depth Chart.
Bills Looking at LB: With two open roster spots at the moment and several holes to fill on defense, the Bills are taking a look at former Jaguars LB Nick Greisen today. He started 10 games for Jacksonville last year and had a career high 82 tackles. He was released in the final cuts this offseason. He can play all three linebacker positions. Depth Chart.
Everett Continues Improving: The miraculous recovery of Kevin Everett continues. A consulting doctor who is the president of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis said that the fact that they put Everett in a hypothermic state almost immediately after the incident made a difference in his recovery. Dr. Barth Green now says he would expect that Everett could eventually walk out of the hospital. He has movement in his legs and arms and is stronger in his legs than his arms.
Tuesday September 11, 2007
Everett May Walk Again: There seems to be a dramatic improvement in the condition of Kevin Everett. Reports late this afternoon say he now has voluntary movement in his arms and legs. His doctor is now a lot more optimistic about his long term recovery chances then he was just yesterday and now says he may walk again calling it a possible "minor miracle". His sedation levels were lowered on Tuesday and was able to answer questions. The latest MRI now shows that the swelling of the spinal cord is minimal. Injury Page.
Simpson Placed On IR: The Bills officially placed Ko Simpson on injured reserve. That ends his season after breaking his ankle in the season opener. The Bills will likely bring in a veteran safety to challenge Jim Leonhard for the starting job. Depth Chart.
Powell Cut: In a surprise move, the Bills released the only backup defensive end on the roster. Eric Powell has been released leaving just long snapper Ryan Neill on the depth chart behind the starters. With Simpson going on IR look for the Bills to announce signings at safety and defensive end as well as maybe linebacker real soon Front Office Page.
Statement From Everett's Mother: Patricia Dugas, the mother of Kevin Everett, released this statement through the Bills media relations department: “On behalf of my son and our entire family I want to thank the fans and everyone for their prayers, warm wishes and general thoughts about Kevin. I especially want to thank the hospital staff and the Bills organization for their tremendous support during this difficult and challenging time. I would ask for everyone to continue to keep Kevin in their prayers.”
No Humor In Loss: Tony Bogyo returns this season with his weekly articles. Tony usually brings a humorous look at the Bills games each week. Unfortunately like all Bills fans he couldn't find anything to be funny about it in this devastating loss on the field and off it. Complete Story.
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