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TE Everett Has Surgery for Spinal Injury

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Tight end Kevin Everett had surgery Sunday evening, hours after the Buffalo Bills reserve tight end showed no signs of movement after sustaining a severe neck injury in the team’s season opener against Denver.

Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said he was informed by the team’s medical staff the player went into surgery at a Buffalo hospital at about 8 p.m. Berchtold said he had no further information, and didn’t know whether Everett had shown any signs of movement since he was driven off the field in an ambulance.

Coach Dick Jauron said immediately following the game that the player sustained a cervical spine injury, but wouldn’t discuss the severity of the injury.

To make matters worse in this last second loss Buffalo also lost three defensive starters to injury. Free safety Ko Simpson is out indefinitely after breaking his left ankle. Cornerback Jason Websteer is out indefinitely after breaking his forearm in the fourth quarter.

Linebacker Coy Wire, who was filling in for injured starter Keith Ellison, sprained his knee in the first quarter. Simpson was hurt when he had his feet cut out from beneath him by teammate Jason Webster as the two were attempting to tackle Broncos receiver Javon Walker. Simpson fell immediately to the ground and was unable to put any weight on his left foot.

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