Paralyzed Rutgers football player now has feeling in hands

EDISON - The Rutgers University athletic department has confirmed that the defensive tackle who was paralyzed from the neck down during an October game now has some feeling in his hands.

Eric LeGrand was injured while trying to make a tackle on a kickoff return during a game against Army. LeGrand has been receiving treatment and physical therapy at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange.

Late in November, LeGrand's spinal cord injury was deemed "incomplete." He was taken off a ventilator and has been breathing on his own.

In November, Andrew Hecht, the director of the National Football League's Spine Care Program for Retired Players, said "the fact he is incomplete is a positive sign, but it doesn't mean how much he gets back in terms of neurologic function,"

LeGrand was also honored today with the Orange Bowl FWAA Courage Award.

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