Lefotu Remains Hospitalized, Is 'Doing Much Better'

By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 11, 2006

Washington Redskins rookie offensive lineman Kili Lefotu was moved from Loudoun County Hospital to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington yesterday, a day after he was found unconscious in his room at the National Conference Center in Leesburg.

Lefotu, 22, spent Wednesday night in the hospital undergoing a battery of tests, but Redskins Director of Sports Medicine Bubba Tyer is still referring to Lefotu's condition as an undisclosed illness. Lefotu will be hospitalized at least overnight.

According to Tyer, Lefotu did not feel well before Wednesday's practice and asked the security staff at the dormitory to call 911. Lefotu was alone in his room because his roommate, defensive tackle Manaia Brown, had been released Wednesday morning. When paramedics arrived, Tyer said, Lefotu was in and out of consciousness but at no point was his breathing impaired.

"He's doing much better today. He feels good. He's talking. His fiancee came out to be with him," Tyer said. "I went down to see him [Thursday]. He called me by name."

Tyer said that heat was ruled out as a factor. He and some members of the Redskins' medical team were with Lefotu on Wednesday night and said he was partially conscious, but yesterday was alert and lucid.

"It seems as though he's stabilized," Coach Joe Gibbs said, adding that he had not yet spoken to Lefotu, a seventh-round draft pick from Arizona.

Jimoh Sidelined

Reserve cornerback Ade Jimoh did not practice yesterday and likely will miss the exhibition opener Sunday night in Cincinnati with a bruised sternum.

Jimoh was hit in the chest Tuesday by running back Rock Cartwright. For the bulk of camp, Jimoh has been third on the depth chart behind starters Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers. Cornerback Kenny Wright, signed from Jacksonville as a free agent, is next on the depth chart.

"The cartilage from the ribs that connects to the sternum has a little separation," Tyer said, adding that the injury is similar to one suffered by former Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot, but less severe. "He is going a miss a few days and this weekend," he said.

Another Setback

Wide receiver Taylor Jacobs did not practice for the second straight day after suffering a right groin injury. The injury is another obstacle for Jacobs, who is fighting for a spot on the depth chart at a position the Redskins bolstered in the offseason.

Injuries have played a large role, but Jacobs is clearly in a struggle in a crowded field of receivers. Last year, when David Patten was lost for the season with a knee injury the week before Thanksgiving and James Thrash was slowed with various leg injuries, Jacobs, 25, was presented with a prime opportunity to showcase his abilities, but caught 11 passes for 100 yards on the season.

In the offseason, Jacobs fell further on the depth chart when the team acquired Antwaan Randle El and Brandon Lloyd. Jacobs appeared to have another chance to impress coaches when Patten missed a week with viral meningitis. Now that Patten is back and Jacobs finds himself on the shelf again, his chances of cracking the top four spots at wide receiver have diminished.

"I think for anyone who's not an established starter, it's real important to be somebody who gets through all the practices and looks good," Gibbs said. "You can't fault him for training. He's one of the hardest working guys here, it's just that he's had injuries and you just don't know why that happens."

Quick Recovery?

Backup offensive lineman Jim Molinaro thinks he can return faster than the 3 to 4 weeks Gibbs said he would be out. Molinaro underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery on Wednesday after tearing the lateral meniscus tendon.

"I should be back way sooner than that," Molinaro said, adding that he would be ready for the Sept. 11. opener against Minnesota. "There wasn't that much swelling, and I'm only using crutches because they told me I had to. I tore the inside of the tendon, and I guess if there was a place to tear it, that was it. I feel pretty good about coming back fast."

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