Everett has support from Utley, Byrd, Burroughs and others
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An ill-fated tackle on Sunday plunged Kevin Everett into a hellish week of loss. Instead of commanding his finely chiseled body, he could do nothing with it -- until he finally moved his arms and legs late Tuesday afternoon. Instead of exhorting his Buffalo Bills teammates in the late stages of their game against the Denver Broncos, he struggled to breathe on a ventilator. Instead of shooting for a breakthrough third year in the NFL, his football career almost surely ended.Yet amid all that loss, Everett gained one thing, even if only he knows and appreciates it later: He joined a small fraternity of NFL players who have also suffered severe spinal-cord injuries and now embrace him as a brother. Dennis Byrd, the former New York Jets lineman who was temporarily paralyzed in 1992, reached out to Everett's family as soon as he could. The message he delivered, he told ESPN.com on Wednesday, is this: "If there's anything I can do in terms of encouragement, I'd be honored and thrilled to help him in any way I can."
In a Sept. 13 story on ESPN.com Mike Utley was incorrectly termed a quadraplegic in a story. Utley is a paraplegic.
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