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Everett is making big strides

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Associated Press / December 8, 2007

Kevin Everett is walking on his own at a Houston rehab center, the latest significant progress by the Buffalo Bills tight end in his remarkable recovery from a serious spinal cord injury.

"He doesn't have a full natural stride but, yeah, he's walking," a person close to the family told the Associated Press yesterday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of Everett's status.

The person said Everett has been walking under his own power since his release from Memorial Hermann/TIRR three weeks ago and is now an outpatient there. The person added Everett is picked up at his Houston-area home by car to attend daily rehab sessions and is able to walk to and from the facility.

Campbell on shelf

Quarterback Jason Campbell doesn't appear likely to return to the Redskins this season. An MRI on Campbell's dislocated kneecap revealed the injury probably would not require surgery but the normal recovery time is four weeks. Campbell was hurt when his leg buckled under the weight of defensive end Mark Anderson in the second quarter of Thursday night's 24-16 win over the Chicago Bears. Bears QB Rex Grossman also left the game when his left leg was twisted awkwardly by defensive lineman Cornelius Griffin. The team had no update on his condition . . . Saints running back Reggie Bush has a partially torn left knee ligament that likely won't require surgery but could sideline him for Monday night's game at Atlanta and possibly for the rest of the season.

Shanahan fined
Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was fined $25,000 by the NFL for his comments about running back Travis Henry's appeal of a one-year drug suspension. Shanahan supported Henry's appeal, saying he was convinced of his innocence after the player passed a polygraph test and a hair sample came back negative for marijuana . . . The burglary that led to the shooting death of Redskins star Sean Taylor almost didn't happen when one suspect heard a noise and wanted to flee, according to Taylor family spokesman Richard Sharpstein. Sharpstein, an attorney who once represented Taylor, said the alleged triggerman told police he was the cause of the noise and talked the others into continuing . . . Rams quarterback Marc Bulger had a setback in his recovery from a concussion. Bulger passed a neurological exam Tuesday and was cleared to practice but began feeling poorly during meetings Thursday afternoon, Rams coach Scott Linehan said, adding that the decision on whether he'll play will be made today . . . The Texans placed running back Ahman Green on injured reserve with a left knee injury . . . Bills running back Marshawn Lynch (ankle sprain) is likely to play against the Dolphins . . . Titans safety Chris Hope is out for the season after tests confirmed a spinal cord injury will require rest . . . Broncos receivers Brandon Stokley (knee) and Javon Walker (knee) are expected to play against the Chiefs.

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