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Penn State freshman cornerback Adam Taliaferro showed improvement overnight after being injured in the fourth quarter of Saturday's Penn State at Ohio State football game. He is being treated for a cervical spine injury at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.
According to Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State's Director of Athletic Medicine, Taliaferro's condition improved overnight. He continues to undergo evaluation and treatment and has complete feeling throughout his body. There is some neurological involvement and incomplete paralysis.
Sebastianelli said Taliaferro's head has been stabilized in Gardner-Wells tongs and that he will undergo cervical fusion surgery on Monday. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Gary Rea.
Taliaferro, 18, is expected to remain at the Ohio State University Medical Center for 2-3 more days and then be transferred to a spinal rehabilitation center in the Philadelphia area, closer to his Voorhees, N.J. home. His parents, Andre and Addie, are in Columbus.
Nittany Lions' football coach Joe Paterno and Athletic Director Tim Curley visited Taliaferro earlier today.
Taliaferro was injured while tackling Ohio State tailback Jerry Westbrooks with 1:39 to play in Saturday's game. Westbrooks' knee appeared to hit Taliaferro's head. Taliaferro was taken off the field on a stretcher and transported to the Medical Center.
The 5-10, 183-pound Taliaferro has played in all five games this season, making three tackles, including two against Ohio State. The Philadelphia Inquirer's 1999 Player of the Year and an honorable mention USA Today All-American, he graduated from Eastern High School, where he also was a standout on the basketball and track and field teams. He holds the school record in the high jump with a 6-6 3/4 effort.