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Rutgers Defensive Tackle Paralyzed Below Neck


Rutgers University defensive tackle Eric LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury that has left him with no movement below his neck.

LeGrand, a 6 foot 2, 275-pound junior for the Scarlet Knights, suffered the injury while making a tackle on a kickoff late in the fourth quarter of Rutgers' 23-20 win Saturday against Army.

LeGrand  lay motionless on the field for seven minutes.  He was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.  The injury was at the C3-C4 level and emergency surgery was performed by doctors to stabilize the spine. He remains in intensive care.

"We want to say thank you to everyone for all of your prayers, kind words, and well wishes," the LeGrand family said in a statement. "We appreciate every single thought. Eric is in good spirits and we are praying for a full recovery."

LeGrand is from Avenel, N.J.  He graduated from Colonia High School.

"Eric, his family and the Rutgers Football family believe he will recover," said Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano. "We ask our fans and the entire Rutgers community to believe and pray for Eric as he begins the recovery process."

Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand carted off on backboard with neck injury

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