Byrd in ICU after serious auto accident

Updated: April 21, 2009, 5:52 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MIAMI -- Former LSU receiver Demetrius Byrd remained in critical but stable condition Tuesday after a car accident in Miami, and his agent said the NFL prospect was expected to recover fully.

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A person close to the Byrd family told ESPN's Joe Schad that doctors were encouraged that Byrd -- who is being evaluated for a head injury -- has attempted to open his eyes and sit up and has responded to music and questions.

Agent David Dunn said in a statement Monday that initial reports indicated Byrd will be OK. The statement did not give Byrd's injuries or any details about the crash Sunday.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Demetrius and with his mother, Sharon, and the entire Byrd family," Dunn said.

"I just spoke with Demetrius' mother and she said that he has mostly bumps and bruises," Byrd's junior college coach, Tim Hatten of Pearl River Community College, told Schad on Monday. "She said his injuries are not life threatening and should not be football threatening."

Last season, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver had 37 catches for 513 yards and four TDs. He also played a key role in the Tigers' BCS national championship during the previous year.

LSU officials said that Byrd's car hit a utility pole after a tire blew out. No other cars were involved.

"This tragic accident puts in perspective just how fragile life can be," said LSU head coach Les Miles. "Demetrius is an outstanding young man with a bright future ahead of him. He was a joy to coach and he brought a great smile and a wonderful attitude to our football team. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as we hope for a speedy recovery."

Byrd played at Miami Central High School before attending junior college.

The NFL draft begins Saturday. He's rated by Scouts Inc. as the No. 13 wide receiver in the draft.

Information from ESPN.com's Chris Low and The Associated Press was used in this report.