Rutgers' LeGrand has no movement below neck after spinal cord injury

By Andy Gardiner, USA TODAY


Rutgers defense tackle Eric LeGrand currently has no movement below the neck following surgery Saturday night for a spinal cord injury he suffered in the Scarlet Knights' 23-20 overtime victory at Army.

"I was at the hospital all night and I can tell you that Eric's sprits were as good as you could expect," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said Sunday. "He has a new set of challenges ahead of him but he will look at these just like he has all the others and overcome them."

LeGrand injured his spinal cord making a tackle on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter. He remained motionless on the field for five minutes before a backboard was placed under him and he was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.

"We are a close family and there is no doubt in my mind this will bring us even closer together," Schiano said. "We've been very honest (with the players) and told them exactly what was going on. We talked with them a great deal about how Eric plays, how he approaches things. He is a part of this family and he would want us to go out and prepare and play like he did."

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