Redskins Notebook

Lefotu Is Released From the Hospital

By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 12, 2006

Two days after being found unconscious in his dormitory at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Washington Redskins rookie guard Kili Lefotu was released from Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

According to Redskins Director of Sports Medicine Bubba Tyer, the cause of Lefotu's illness is still unknown, but doctors believe Lefotu suffered a seizure of some sort. He will rejoin team drills next week.

Lefotu showed up at Redskins Park yesterday but did not comment on his illness.

"He's feeling better," Tyer said. "He's just a little weak from his two days in the hospital. He said he really didn't eat much. All the tests came back. The doctors feel he had a seizure, but the tests weren't conclusive."

Tyer said Lefotu could return to practice as early as Tuesday, the Redskins' first practice following tomorrow's exhibition game.

Brunell to Start

Quarterback Mark Brunell will start tomorrow's exhibition opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. He'll be followed by Todd Collins and then Jason Campbell. Coach Joe Gibbs said Campbell would be the second quarterback to play in next week's game at FedEx Field against the New York Jets.

Gibbs and associate head coach-offense Al Saunders also said that Campbell will receive the bulk of the playing time tomorrow.

"We'd like to see consistency, good decisions and technique improvement, and that is for everybody," Saunders said. "That's what we look for in Jason as he improves his technique in all phases of the game. We hope to give him the entire second half."

Saunders said the offensive starters would see about 12 to 15 snaps.

MRI for Springs

Starting cornerback Shawn Springs underwent an MRI exam on his left groin, a move he said was precautionary. Springs hasn't missed any of the 13 practices or last weekend's scrimmage versus Baltimore.

"I'm fine. There's nothing wrong with me," he said. "There was a little flare-up during practice but it's all good."

Springs was hampered by a sore groin for the last month of the season last year. He first suffered the injury Dec. 11 against Arizona and missed the Redskins' first playoff game at Tampa. He returned for the second-round loss against Seattle, his former club.

Jacobs Absent

Nine players likely will not travel to Cincinnati for tomorrow night's game. Among them is wide receiver Taylor Jacobs.

Being inactive for an exhibition game hurts a player's chance to make the team, even for a fourth-year player such as Jacobs, who faces major competition at his position.

"It's not in my hands," Jacobs said. "I ran hard in practice."

Jacobs acknowledged that the difficult job of making the Redskins' roster has grown more difficult with this latest injury.

"I know it's going to be tough to make it here," he said. "I know I have the talent, it's just a question of getting the ball a little bit more."

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