Eric LeGrand reports improvement

Updated: July 25, 2011, 4:52 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand made more progress on Monday in his recovery from paralysis. LeGrand tweeted this on Monday afternoon: "Stood up for 40 minutes in therapy today #itsonlyamatteroftime let's gooo."

Just 12 days ago, LeGrand revealed for the first time that he had been able to stand up in therapy, publishing photos to his Twitter account. In an interview with the Newark Star-Ledger last week, he revealed that he stood the first day for seven minutes and the second day for eight minutes. He told the newspaper that when he can stand for a half hour he will go on a special treadmill to train his legs.

The 20-year-old LeGrand suffered a fracture to his C3 and C4 vertebrae while making a tackle on a kickoff return against Army on Oct. 16 at New Meadowlands Stadium. At that time, doctors thought LeGrand would never come off a ventilator and would not walk again. Five weeks later, he proved them wrong by coming off the ventilator.

LeGrand says he believes he will walk again.

Kieran Darcy covers college sports for ESPNNewYork.com.

Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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