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Penn St. Player in Serious Condition

September 25, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A Penn State freshman cornerback injured in Saturday’s game against Ohio State remained hospitalized in serious condition Sunday with a cervical spine injury.

Adam Taliaferro, 18, was in the intensive care unit at Ohio State University Medical Center.

``There’s really been no change since yesterday,″ said Bob Fitzsimmons, a hospital spokesman.

Fitzsimmons said Taliaferro was alert.

Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State’s director of athletic medicine, on Sunday said Taliaferro’s condition improved Saturday night and that the player continued to undergo evaluation and treatment.

Taliaferro has neurological damage and some paralysis but has complete feeling throughout his body, Sebastianelli said. Specifics were not released.

Taliaferro was expected to remain hospitalized in Columbus for two to three more days and then be transferred to a spinal rehabilitation center in the Philadelphia area, closer to his parents’ home in Vorhees, N.J.

Taliaferro was visited Sunday by Penn State coach Joe Paterno and the school’s athletics director, Tim Curley. Ohio State coach John Cooper visited Taliaferro after the game and again on Sunday, Columbus radio station WBNS reported.

Taliaferro was injured after tackling Jerry Westbrooks on Penn State’s 16-yard line in the fourth quarter Saturday.

Taliaferro, 5-foot-10 and 183 pounds, played in four games this season, making three tackles, including two against Ohio State.

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