Sunday, October 17, 2010

Rutgers LeGrand Paralyzed After Army Hit

((HT: ESPN/Youtube))

Rutgers junior defensive tackle Eric LeGrand suffered a spinal-cord injury in their 23-20 overtime win over Army and is paralyzed below the neck.

Emergency surgery to stabilize LeGrand's spine was performed Saturday night at Hackensack University Medical Center. LeGrand is currently in the intensive care unit and will remain there for at least the near future.

ESPNNew York's Kieran Darcy mentions that Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano mentioned on a conference call with reporters Sunday afternoon how LeGrand was a member of the team's leadership council the past two seasons -- second only to the team captains in terms of leadership responsibilities.

Schiano also mentioned that he spent the night at the hospital with LeGrand's family and fellow teammates.

The injury happened late in regulation after the tying score by Rutgers

Here's the play and it's not for the squeemish...

Here's coverage from our friends at the Newark Star-Ledger and
Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand carted off on backboard with neck injury

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