Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett's road to recovery took another major step as he was discharged from Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital last week.
In Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday night, the Bills showed an NBC video of Everett prior to their game against the New England Patriots. Everett's taped message included the following statement:
"How are you doing Buffalo? This is Kevin Everett. I'm out here in Houston, working hard out here rehabbing. Just thinking about you guys.
"Just want to say thank you to all my teammates and the City of Buffalo as well as the fans of America. . . . Just letting you guys know it's been special to me and I just want to say, come on let's beat New England."
Everett's uplifting message was unable to help the Bills, who were routed, 56-10, by the Patriots, before a crowd of 71,338. It was the largest margin of defeat in the 48-year history of the Bills, eclipsing a 43-0 loss to Baltimore in 1971.
Quarterback Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes for the unbeaten Patriots, four of them to Randy Moss.
Brady, who has yet to throw fewer than three touchdown passes in a game, increased his TD passes to 38, just 11 short of Peyton Manning's single-season record, set in 2004. Moss' four TD catches gave him 16 for the season, six short of the record set by Jerry Rice in 1987.
The Bills (5-5) lost for the ninth straight time to the Patriots and for the 14th time in the last 15 meetings.
Bills quarterback J.P. Losman finished 15 of 26 for 173 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
"We felt like we were playing catch-up all day," Losman said. "But then everyone seems to feel like that against them."
Everett, meanwhile, had been hospitalized since suffering a spinal cord injury in the season opener against the Denver Broncos.
He released a statement through the Houston hospital in which he said he will continue to receive outpatient treatments.
"While this news is a significant milestone for me, I still have a long journey to full recovery," he said.
Doctors described Everett's injury as life-threatening, and they feared he would never walk again after he arrived at Millard Fillmore Hospital paralyzed from the neck down. But the prognosis changed a few days later when Everett began showing voluntary movement, first in his legs and then his hands.
Everett was transferred to Houston to be close to his family and friends. The player makes his offseason home in Houston.
Last month, Everett said he was able to take steps with the assistance of a walker and has moved his wheelchair with his feet while sitting.
Everett's statement through the hospital concluded: "To my fans: Thank you for your loyalty. To my doctors and physical therapists: Thank you for keeping me healthy and strong. To my friends and family: Thank you for your unwavering love and support."