Parents say Gentry is in rehab and can move his arms

Updated: April 29, 2006, 1:54 AM ET
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Tyson Gentry, the Ohio State sophomore wide receiver and punter who injured his neck during an April 14 practice, is undergoing rehabilitation and is able to move his arms, according to a statement released by his parents Friday.

Bob and Gloria Gentry, releasing the first details of their son's condition since the April 14 neck injury, did not clarify whether Gentry was partially paralyzed. Ohio State spokesman Steve Snapp said he did not have information on whether Gentry could move his legs.

Gentry has gone through two neck operations at Ohio State University Medical Center. This week he was moved to a rehabilitation program.

"First of all, we want to thank the entire Buckeye Nation for an unbelievable outpouring of support. The cards, letters and care packages that Ty has received have been very uplifting for him," Bob and Gloria Gentry said in the statement. "Specifically, our family wants to thank Coach Jim Tressel and his coaching staff, along with the medical and training staff, for all that they have done.

"Ty has been moved to Dodd Hall, where he is undergoing a rigorous rehabilitation program. Our family takes great comfort in knowing that he is in the care of a wonderful team of therapists. Ty is able to move his arms and there are some other signs that are encouraging. But we know this is a long, difficult recovery process, and we literally have to take it one day at a time.

"As this process continues, we ask everyone to keep Ty in their thoughts and prayers."

Tyson Gentry has had two surgeries since being injured. He was transferred to Dodd Hall earlier this week.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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