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Paralyzed Rutgers Player Aware Of Hard Road Ahead

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Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand (52) is treated on the field after colliding with Army's Malcolm Brown (23) as he tried to make the tackle during the second half of a football game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, in East Rutherford, N.J. LeGrand  was hurt on the play and taken off on a backboard from the field. Rutgers won 23-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand (52) is treated on the field after colliding with Army’s Malcolm Brown (23) as he tried to make the tackle during the second half of a football game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, in East Rutherford, N.J. LeGrand was hurt on the play and taken off on a backboard from the field. Rutgers won 23-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand is responsive and aware of the difficult road ahead.

Coach Greg Schiano did not update LeGrand’s medical condition on Tuesday, but he said the junior defensive tackle was in ‘good spirits.’

The Scarlet Knights practiced on Tuesday, their first full-contact workout since LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down after making a special teams tackle against Army on Saturday.

After the workout, Schiano said the team was focused for Saturday’s game at Pittsburgh, which is what LeGrand would want them to do.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno also said Tuesday that he spoke with Schiano over the weekend and advised him to be available for LeGrand. Paterno went through a similar injury in 2000 when Adam Taliaferro was injured. He walked eight months later.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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