Eric LeGrand returns to Kessler

Updated: November 10, 2010, 1:44 AM ET
ESPNNewYork.com news services

Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand was transferred back to Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation after being hospitalized Nov. 4 with a high fever.

LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down covering a kickoff against Army Oct. 16. He had been admitted to the rehabilitation hospital in West Orange, N.J., Nov. 3 but was then moved to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., due to the fever.

Dr. Barth Green, a neurosurgeon and chairman of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami, had said that fevers in paralysis victims was not uncommon.

"High fevers in someone in his reported condition are very common," Green said in an e-mail sent to The Associated Press Nov. 4. "In addition, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and deep vein thrombosis are also complications that often come up, and I am sure they are assessing for all three."

Rutgers said any updates on LeGrand's condition would be issued by the family through the school.

Rutgers (4-4, 1-2 Big East) has lost games to Pittsburgh and South Florida since LeGrand was injured. The Scarlet Knights need to win two of their final four games to become bowl eligible for a sixth straight season.

Rutgers will be at home Saturday to play Syracuse (6-3, 3-2). It also has games at Cincinnati, home against Louisville the day after Thanksgiving and a regular-season finale at West Virginia on Dec. 4.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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