Doctors say it is too early to tell if boxer Paul Williams will walk again even though he is able to move himself from his bed to a wheelchair after being paralyzed from the waist down in a May 27 motorcycle accident.

Dr. Donald P. Leslie, the medical director at the Shepherd Center, said Wednesday that Williams’ spinal cord is not cut, but the severity of damage to it remains undetermined.

Leslie says there’s no evidence of any severing; Williams had a fracture of his spine. The doctor says the “fracture is of the bone. The bone encircles the spinal cord. The spinal cord was injured.”

The 30-year-old Williams had surgery Friday in Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital to stabilize his spine, and is in rehabilitation at the nearby Shepherd Center.

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