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    Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand was paralyzed below the neck after making a tackle during a game against Army, and he will remain hospitalized for the near future.

    Coach Greg Schiano said Sunday that LeGrand was resting in the intensive care unit at Hackensack University Medical Center. He had emergency surgery overnight to stabilize the spine after making the tackle during Saturday's game at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

    Army players kneel on the sidelines as Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand is treated on the field after colliding with Army's Malcolm Brown

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    "Eric's spirits were as good as you can expect," said Schiano, who visited with him before and after surgery. "He was cognizant of me being there, his mom, everybody.

    "He's a fighter."

    Schiano, who had tears in his eyes during his press conference following Rutgers' 23-20 overtime win, talked to his team about LeGrand around noon on Sunday.

    "As I talked to our team, we're just going to believe that Eric LeGrand is going to walk onto that field again with us," Schiano said. "That's what we believe. We'll see with the speed of which that happens."

    LeGrand was hurt with 5:10 to play in the fourth quarter against Army, making a violent tackle on Malcolm Brown on the kickoff return after Rutgers tied the game at 17.

    The Avenel resident who played at Colonia High School -- just 15 minutes from Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway - appeared to duck his head while making the hit.

    The junior lay on the turf for at least 5 minutes while medical and emergency personnel treated him and players on both teams took a knee and watched. Army coach Rich Ellerson walked on the field at one point and put his hand on Schiano's shoulder to comfort him.

    "They were very, very efficient," Schiano said of the medical staff that treated the 6-foot-3, 230-pound LeGrand on the field. "It was a scary situation, but it was one that I was very impressed by our medical team and by everybody involved."

    The injury brought back memories of the injury to Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett in 2007. He ducked his head tackling Denver's Domenik Hixon during the second-half kickoff in the season opener. He was paralyzed from the neck down and doctors feared he'd never walk again.

    Everett showed signs of movement days later and began walking by November.

    Detroit Lions guard Mike Utley was not so fortunate. He was paralyzed below the chest after sustaining a neck injury in a 1991 game.

    Schiano said he already talked to Penn State coach Joe Paterno about how to handle such a delicate situation. Paterno coached Adam Taliaferro, who had a career-ending spinal cord injury in 2002. Doctors initially feared he would never walk again after he was motionless on the field for several minutes. He had a lengthy recovery and eventually walked again.

    Schiano kept private his details of his conversation with Paterno.

    "I just wanted to make sure there was nothing I was overlooking," Schiano said.

    LeGrand was a member of the football team's leadership council for two years. Schiano said LeGrand was known for his work ethic and the way he cares for other players. Several players visited the hospital and spent time with his mother.

    "He's got a new set of challenges in front of him," Schiano said. "There's not a doubt in my mind that Eric LeGrand is going to look these challenges right in the eye, like he has all the rest of them, and he's going to overcome them."

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    **** !! That's Just TERRIBLE !! Thoughts & Prayers go out to Him & His Family, Friends & Teammates

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    I read about this yesterday and was hoping and praying that it looked worse than what it really was. Looks like he may have a long road ahead of him to hopefully walking again. I hope they give him some kind of show of support at Heinz Field next Saturday before the game against Rutgers.

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    Former Penn State cornerback Adam Taliaferro, who knows first-hand the fear that results from a paralyzing spinal injury, says encouragement will play the biggest role for Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand's future.

    Taliaferro shattered a bone in his neck and severely bruised his spinal cord making a tackle late in a game at Ohio State in September 2000.

    Five months later, he was able to walk.

    "He's probably going to hear a lot of negative news from a lot of people," Taliaferro told The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., of LeGrand. "But everyone around him -- his friends, his family, his teammates -- have to keep it positive. He's facing some tough times ahead. He needs to stay in a positive frame of mind. That made a difference for me."

    LeGrand was paralyzed below the neck while making a tackle Saturday during a game against Army at New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. He will remain hospitalized at Hackensack University Medical Center for the near future after having emergency surgery overnight Saturday for his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae.

    Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano said Monday it was not appropriate to update LeGrand's medical status at this time.

    "The toughest part immediately is the mental aspect," said Taliaferro, who practices law in Cherry Hill, N.J., a suburb east of Philadelphia. "That's why he's going to need everyone around him to stay positive. His life has changed. But being a football player, he's in good shape. He knows what it means to work hard. So he has that going for him. One of the things that helped me recover is that I was an athlete."

    Schiano, who had tears in his eyes during his news conference after Rutgers' 23-20 overtime win, talked to his team about LeGrand around noon on Sunday.

    "Eric's spirits were as good as you can expect," said Schiano, who visited with him before and after surgery. "He was cognizant of me being there, his mom, everybody.

    "He's a fighter."

    Schiano was asked during a conference call Monday if LeGrand had experienced movement or feeling since he was injured. The coach said he wants to refrain from giving daily medical updates but will provide information when appropriate.

    LeGrand was hurt with 5:10 to play in the fourth quarter against Army, making a violent tackle on Malcolm Brown on the kickoff return after Rutgers tied the game at 17. The Avenel resident who played at Colonia High School -- just 15 minutes from Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway -- appeared to duck his head while making the hit.

    "As I talked to our team, we're just going to believe that Eric LeGrand is going to walk onto that field again with us," Schiano said. "That's what we believe. We'll see with the speed of which that happens."

    Taliaferro told the Newark newspaper he learned of LeGrand's injury while celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which assists people with spine injuries. Taliaferro said he hopes to be in touch with LeGrand and his family soon.

    "I'm going to tell him is that the first thing doctors told me is that I would never walk again," Taliaferro said. "I had a very bad prognosis. Three percent chance. That's what they told me it was for me to walk again. I'd like to be an example for him."

    Taliaferro said his father, who works for his son's foundation, has extended an offer of support to Schiano.

    "His family is going to need support, too," Andre Taliaferro said. "Right now their concern is only for their son, but it will hit them soon," said the elder Taliaferro. "It's overwhelming as a parent. This is a catastrophic injury. That's why they need to keep him in a cocoon, to keep the negative information away from him. We did not let any negative information get to our son and we had tremendous support from a lot of people, especially the people at Penn State."

    LeGrand was a member of the football team's leadership council for two years. Schiano said LeGrand is known for his work ethic and the way he cares for other players.

    "Right now, the physical part is pretty much out of his hands," Adam Taliaferro said, according to the Star-Ledger. "He had his surgery. Now it's a waiting game to see how extensive the damage is and what the prognosis is.

    "The main thing is he has to stay in a good frame of mind and stay positive. That's not going to be easy. But that's why he needs good support from everywhere -- his friends, his family, his teammates and Rutgers."

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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    Sad story to say the least... They ran a special on it on ESPN today, and it was tough to watch.....
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