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LeGrande Paralyzed as Rutgers Holds their Collective Breath

Posted By Chris Ryan On Oct 19 2010 @ 7:57 pm In Rutgers | 1 Comment

Last Saturday, there was little to celebrate for Rutgers in their 23-20 victory over Army at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

The game took a back seat with 5:10 to go in regulation when defensive tackle Eric LeGrande was paralyzed after attempting to tackle an Army player. He was rushed to the ICU at Hackensack University Medical Center where he had emergency surgery to stabilize his spinal cord.

It is still unclear at this point whether he can fully recover, although LeGrande has been responsive at times and knows the tough road ahead. The 72-hour window that paralyzed people have is tomorrow, and the college football world is holding their collective breath.

“Eric’s spirits were as good as you can expect,” said Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, who visited with him before and after surgery. “He was cognizant of me being there, his mom, everybody. “He’s a fighter.”

The Scarlet Knights (4-2, 1-0 in Big East) returned to the practice field today for the first time since the incident. The team will surely have a lot on their mind as they prepare for their Big East showdown with Pittsburgh this Saturday, but they know that Legrande would want them to give it all they got.

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