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Jaguars OT Collier Paralyzed, Has Leg Amputated

September 29, 2008

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) – Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier, who was shot earlier this month, had his left leg amputated and is paralyzed below the waist, according to his doctors.

Doctors said that he is now in stable condition after previously being listed as critical from the 14 bullet wounds he suffered in an attack on September 2.

Collier, 26, was shot early on September 2 outside an apartment complex in Jacksonville. The 26-year-old and his former Jaguars teammate Kenneth Pettway had been out at clubs and were following two women they had met back to an apartment complex to continue their evening together.

While the men waited in a Cadillac Escalade for the women to return from the apartment, someone walked up and fired several times at Collier, who was driving. Pettway was not injured.

No motive has been found for the attack, but investigators said that he appeared to have been targeted.

Collier is the third NFL player to be shot in less than two years. Washington safety Sean Taylor was fatally shot in his Miami home last November and Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed after leaving a nightclub in January, 2007.

09/29 16:29:07 ET




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