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Rutgers’ LeGrand Regains Sensation Throughout Body

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (CBS New York/AP) — Injured Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand has movement in his shoulders and sensation throughout his body.

Rutgers announced the improvement in LeGrand’s condition Thursday, citing an interview the player had recently with ESPN.

1010 WINS’ Alice Stockton-Rossini reports

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

It marked the first update in LeGrand’s condition since last month when the university announced that the defensive tackle had some feeling in his hands.

LeGrand’s high school coach, Ben LaSalle, visits regularly and says the 20-year-old always seems upbeat.

“You don’t leave feeling sorry for him. You feel sorry for his situation, but he makes you feel like a million dollars,” LaSalle said.

The 20-year-old was hurt on Oct. 16, making a tackle on a kickoff return against Army in a game at New Meadowlands Stadium. He was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center for about two weeks before transferring to Kessler Institute, one of the nation’s leaders in spinal cord rehabilitation.

Rutgers went on to defeat Army, 23-20. But without LeGrand the rest of the way, the Scarlet Knights lost six consecutive games. They finished 4-8, and last in the Big East at 1-6.

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