- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand was released from the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation on Wednesday and will live with an aunt in southern New Jersey.

The junior defensive tackle had been treated at Kessler’s West Orange facility since Nov. 8. He will move in with an aunt in Jackson.

“This is an exciting day for me to return to living with family,” LeGrand said in a statement released by Rutgers. “My family and I can’t thank Kessler enough for all of the tremendous care and support I received as I continue rehab from my injury. It has meant so much to me to receive so many well wishes and prayers from everyone.”

LeGrand fractured his C3 and C4 vertebrae making a head-first tackle on a kickoff return in a game at New Meadowlands Stadium against Army on Oct. 16. He has sensation in his body since the injury and can shrug his shoulders, but he has been unable to move his arms or legs since being hurt.

LeGrand will continue the rehabilitation process as an outpatient twice a week at the Kessler Rehabilitation Center in Ocean Township, and once a week at the West Orange facility.

The university said that he had his tracheotomy removed last week.

LeGrand made his first public appearance in February to attend a “Laugh to Heal Comedy Fest Fundraiser” for him at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

It was his second trip to the university since the injury. He also joined his teammates for the first team meeting of the semester in January.

The Avenel resident resumed his coursework in January via videoconference.

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