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Lions’ Brown Making Slow Progress

December 27, 1997

DETROIT (AP) _ Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown is making slow progress from a neck injury, doctors said Friday.

``Reggie Brown continues to respond to treatments,″ Dr. Russ Nockels, director of spinal disorders and neurotrauma at Henry Ford Hospital, said in a statement.

During a four-hour operation Monday, Nockels fused the first two vertebrae of Brown’s neck and fitted him with a neck brace _ commonly called a halo _ that he must wear for the next three months.

Nockels said Brown also is receiving daily rehabilitation.

Doctors have said Brown’s playing career likely is finished. Whether he will walk again, or regain normal functioning of his limbs, is unclear, Nockels said Tuesday.

Brown was injured during the fourth quarter of Detroit’s 13-10 victory Sunday over the New York Jets. His face turned blue after a collision on a tackle. A doctor gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the field.

Brown was rushed off the Silverdome field in an ambulance and regained consciousness at a Pontiac hospital. He was later taken to Henry Ford Hospital. He has regained limited movement of his limbs and is not considered quadriplegic, doctors have said.

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