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Good news on LeGrand front: paralyzed Rutgers player breathing on his own

Eric LeGrand

It’s been a couple of weeks since the condition of Eric LeGrand was updated and, apparently during that time, the Rutgers defensive tackle has made tremendous strides as he attempts to recover from an in-game injury that left him with no movement from the neck down.

According to a press release issued by the school, LeGrand was removed this week from a ventilator and is able to breathe on his own. In another positive sign, LeGrand’s injury was recently reclassified from a complete spinal cord injury to an incomplete spinal cord injury.

“We want to thank everyone for all of the love and support for Eric, it has really been beneficial to his recovery,” the LeGrand family said in a statement. “Please continue to keep Eric in your prayers.”

The release went on to state that LeGrand has had several visitors at the Kessler Institute, including former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro, who himself was paralyzed on the football field but ultimately regained the ability to walk.. The school added that LeGrand is in good spirits and continues to make positive progress in his rehabilitation.

LeGrand was paralyzed Oct. 16 as he was covering a kickoff against Army.

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