Texans Receiver to Undergo Spinal Surgery

It has been less than a year since Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett nearly died after suffering a spinal cord injury trying to make a tackle on a kickoff in the opening game of last season.

The sport had another frightening moment Friday night. Houston Texans wide receiver Harry Williams suffered a fractured vertebra when he collided with a teammate attempting to make a tackle on a kickoff during a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys in Irving, Tex.

Williams initially was paralyzed but regained movement in his extremities soon after suffering the injury. He remained hospitalized in the Dallas area overnight and is scheduled to undergo fusion surgery this weekend to stabilize his spine.

Williams reportedly is expected to be able to walk but it is not known whether he will be able to resume his football career.

By Mark Maske |  August 23, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  | Category:  Texans
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