Less than four months after sustaining a severe spinal-cord injury at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Bills' Kevin Everett visited yesterday. As he walked, his teammates wept.
"I got to hug him," tailback Marshawn Lynch said. "That's good for the heart."
Everett, 25, addressed his teammates before their game, then left the locker room in a wheelchair. On his own power, he climbed into a car, then was driven to team owner Ralph Wilson's suite.
"I was speechless, on the verge of tears," quarterback Trent Edwards said.
The tight end was paralyzed Sept. 9 while tackling the Broncos' Domenik Hixon, and he spent the following days on life support. Everett was not expected to walk again.
Hixon now plays for the Giants, and he met with Everett after the game. "I'm going to continue praying for him, and he's going to make it back 100 percent," he said.
Setbacks for Jones, Stovall.
Two former local stars had painful afternoons. Lions running back Kevin Jones (Cardinal O'Hara) suffered what coach Rod Marinelli called a "pretty serious" knee injury against the Chiefs.
Jones, who's never had a fully healthy season since being drafted in the first round in 2004, sustained his latest injury on a pass reception. "It doesn't look good," Marinelli said.
Also hurt was the Buccaneers' Maurice Stovall (Archbishop Carroll). The second-year receiver suffered an unspecified injury to his right arm trying to catch a pass from Jeff Garcia. After several minutes down on the turf, Stovall was taken off on a cart.
Yesterday's injury list was an extensive one. Among those on it: Lions S Gerald Alexander (shoulder), Chiefs QB Brodie Croyle (right hand), Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez (bruised foot), Ravens RB Willis McGahee (broken ribs), Chiefs OT Damion McIntosh (ankle), Bills LT Jason Peters (groin), Colts TE Ben Utecht (shoulder), Texans DE Anthony Weaver (shoulder), and Lions OT Damien Woody (shoulder).
Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney, from Newtown in Bucks County, had another in a series of monster games, forcing fumbles by the Ravens' Mike Anderson and Troy Smith. Anderson's fumble was recovered by LeRoy Hill and run back for a Seattle TD.
Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp was ejected for three unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties that were called as he argued with officials over whether Oakland had accepted or declined a penalty.
"I know I've never seen anything like that before," Jaguars center Brad Meester said.
The penalties set up a first-and-goal play at the 2, but the Jaguars' David Garrard was intercepted on the next play.
Bears defensive end Alex Brown talking about his interception of Brett Favre, which he returned 7 yards: "It'll get better as I get older. Give me 20, 25 years, I'll score on that play. I'll shake three people. I'll stiff-arm Donald Driver. Oh, yeah, it'll get better as the years go on."