Lineman Lefotu is hospitalized

Redskins Notes

August 10, 2006|By DON MARKUS

Washington Redskins rookie offensive guard Kili Lefotu was found unconscious yesterday in the dormitory room where the team houses its players during training camp. Lefotu was later revived and taken to Loudoun County Hospital for tests.

According to Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, the team became concerned when Lefotu failed to report for last night's 7 p.m. practice at Redskins Park after attending meetings earlier in the day. When team officials couldn't reach Lefotu in his room, they contacted his family and agent and called 911. The Redskins also contacted security at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Va., where the team is staying during training camp.

Gibbs said that Lefotu, the team's seventh-round draft choice who played collegiately at Arizona, was initially unresponsive when reached by the emergency medical technicians. Lefotu was taken to nearby Loudon County Hospital for tests.

According to Gibbs, Lefotu was being held overnight for observation.

"He's responsive, he's talking, which wasn't the case when they found him at the dorm," said Gibbs, who was obviously shaken by the news he was given during practice. "Everyone should say a prayer for him. It's kind of a scary deal when you have something like that happen on the football team."

Gibbs said he was unaware of any previous medical problems for the 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman and that Lefotu passed all his medical tests after being drafted. Bubba Tyer, the team's director of sports medicine, was at the hospital and unavailable for comment last night

Typically, players have roommates at the dorm, but Lefotu's roommate, Manaia Brown, had been released earlier in the day.

ET CETERA -- Gibbs announced that offensive tackle Jim Molinaro, who underwent arthroscopic surgery after tearing the lateral meniscus in his left knee, is expected to be out three to four weeks. ... Wide receiver Taylor Jacobs, who has battled injuries throughout his three years with the Redskins, missed his first practice of the season last night with a strained groin.

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