Bills TE Everett undergoes emergency neck surgery

Sep 10, 2007 - 3:17 AM ORCHARD PARK, New York (Ticker) -- Buffalo Bills special teams player Kevin Everett underwent emergency neck surgery Sunday night after being injured earlier in the day during the season-opening game against the Denver Broncos.

Everett was taken off the field on a stretcher after colliding with Broncos returner Domenik Hixon during the second-half kickoff.

The 25-year-old Everett suffered a cervical spine injury and was taken to Millard Fillmore Hospital.

Aside from movement in his eyes, the Buffalo News reported he had no movement in his body as he was taken off the field.

"Kevin Everett has a cervical spine injury and as we speak he's under further evaluation," Bills coach Dick Jauron said after the game. "We probably won't know anything more until tomorrow."

WIVB-TV in Buffalo reported that Everett was out of surgery by 10 p.m. Sunday night and placed in intensive care.

It appeared to be a freak injury for Edwards, who slammed into Hixon as the return man hit the wedge and broke his tackle.

He immediately fell to the turf and appeared to lose consciousness before being transported off the field by ambulance.

"I watched the whole thing and he never moved," teammate Terrence McGee said. "I've seen it on TV before, but never in real life. It's real sad to see him go off on a stretcher but we hope he's OK."

A third-round pick out of Miami in 2005, the 6-4, 253-yard Everett missed that entire first season with a knee injury.

In 2006, Everett played primarily on special teams. He has just one career reception for one yard.






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