Photo: Paralyzed Rutgers player "standing tall"

Rutgers' Eric LeGrand standing upright
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Rutgers' Eric LeGrand standing upright
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(CBS/AP) Eric LeGrand's road to recovery has taken an inspirational step forward.

The paralyzed Rutgers University football player has posted two photographs of himself standing during physical therapy.

The photos appeared Wednesday on LeGrand's Twitter account. LeGrand tweeted that he's "standing up little by little" and "standing tall, we can't fall."

His mother is with him in the photos.

LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down while making a tackle on a kickoff return against Army on Oct. 16 at New Meadowlands Stadium.

The 20-year-old has said he believes he will walk again.

PICTURES: Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand

In January, the Newark Star-Ledger reported that LeGrand had regained movement in his shoulders and "full sensation" in his body.

In the his first interview since the injury, LeGrand told ESPN that he had "the fear of death" and that he felt he "could pass out and die" lying on the turf at New Meadowlands Stadium immediately after the injury, the Star-Ledger reported.

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