Weather permitting, Bills' Everett reportedly planning to attend home finale
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett, who sustained a serious spinal cord injury earlier this season, is planning on attending the team's home finale Sunday, according to a published report.
Weather could be a factor in Everett's attendance, a source close to the Bills told The Buffalo News. Significant snowfall is not expected for Sunday's game but there is a chance for precipitation.
Bills players sounded overjoyed at the prospect of seeing their teammate who was initially paralyzed from the neck down while attempting to tackle Domenik Hixon during a kickoff return in the Bills' season opener against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 9.
"It's giving me chills just being asked about it," punter Brian Moorman told the paper. "I can't imagine what it would be like on game day. I imagine there wouldn't be a dry eye in the house. It would be great to see him, if it works out. If he's not ready, then obviously we don't want him to push himself. But obviously everybody in this locker room would love to see him. He's an inspiration to us all."
"I think it's something our team could use right now, after the disappointment we realized Sunday," safety Coy Wire told the Buffalo News, referring to Buffalo's 8-0 loss to Cleveland that ended the Bills' playoff hopes. "To be able to have one of our teammates who had something so traumatic happen to him, ... none of us can fathom what he has gone through. That hurt us emotionally as a team.
"Whether you try to not think about it or not, it still affects us as a team. To have a guy we've missed greatly be able to come back and be here would be very emotionally gratifying."
Bills general manager Marv Levy said the invitation was extended by Russ Brandon, the team's executive vice president of business operations.
"We're working on it, but we're not positive," Levy told The Associated Press late Wednesday.
Brandon did not immediately return a message.
Attending the game against the New York Giants would mark the latest step in Everett's remarkable recovery.
Hixon, who now plays for the Giants, was told Wednesday that Everett is supposed to attend the game, Hixon's agent, Eric Metz said.
"Nothing formal has been set yet, but I'm sure they'll meet up," Metz said.
Everett had informed his Bills teammates last month that he hoped to attend the game against the Giants.
Eric Armstead, an associate of Everett's agent, Brian Overstreet, declined comment.
Released last month from a Houston facility, Everett is walking on his own and continues to attend daily rehab sessions as an outpatient.
Bills coach Dick Jauron said he didn't know whether Everett would attend the game.
"It would be an unbelievable thing," he said. "To have him back in the facility and to see him walk and then, hopefully, if he does come back, address his teammates, would be great."
Everett's already making other public appearance plans. He's scheduled to be the guest speaker at Port Arthur Memorial High School's football banquet on Jan. 10, said Kenny Harrison, the school's offensive coordinator who coached Everett in high school.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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