With His Son Improving, Doughty Is Upbeat
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Laughing as he walked off the field with teammates after workouts yesterday at Redskins Park, safety Reed Doughty had many reasons to be upbeat. He was happy to get out of the heat (the temperature at the start of workouts was 93 degrees with 52 percent humidity), but the improving condition of his son, Micah, was the main reason for Doughty's good mood.
Micah, 22 months, had had health problems after having a kidney transplant in March, but he is doing well now, Doughty said. Micah's new kidney seems to be functioning as it should, and Doughty is smiling a lot these days.
"As far as we know, his kidney is working very well," Doughty said. "He's still on a few medicines but we've weaned those down. He's got the feeding tube, the nourishment tube, out now. It's all out, so he's just having fun being a little boy now."
In May, Doughty was excused from the Redskins' final practice of minicamp because Micah had a high temperature. Micah has improved so much in the last few weeks that "he's playing with other kids now," Doughty said. "My niece and nephew, my brother's whole family is here, and this is first time since he got the transplant that he's with another child.
"It's been three months now [since the transplant]. As long as the kids aren't sick, and we know who they are, it's okay. He's having a blast."
Doughty, a sixth-round draft pick in 2006, has emerged as a key player for the Redskins while coping with his Micah's health issues. Micah was born nearly six weeks prematurely and had experienced chronic kidney failure, which required him to take a variety of medication and undergo dialysis each night at the Doughtys' home. With Micah doing so well, Doughty, considered one of the hardest workers on the team, has taken a leadership role in workouts that end tomorrow.
"He's definitely one of the guys that I look to," defensive lineman Lorenzo Alexander said recently. "He just goes out there and tries to do it the right way."
Contract Proposals Soon
The Redskins have told the agents for several draft picks that they expect to exchange initial contract proposals as soon as next week, according to league sources. With 10 draft picks to sign and a roster that is at the limit of 80 signed players, the team will have to make a series of cuts as picks sign. The team has told the agents they want to complete this final series of organized team activities -- which end tomorrow -- and evaluate the roster before beginning contract talks. The 80-man offseason roster limit is a new wrinkle, and with the dissolution of NFL Europe (and those roster exemptions) teams must make tough decisions about the roster much earlier than in the past.
Linebacker Rocky McIntosh continues to make strides recovering from knee surgery and worked with the first-team defense during walk-through drills yesterday. McIntosh is not cleared to participate in contact drills yet, Coach Jim Zorn said, but the team is optimistic he will ready for training camp next month. McIntosh has had a history of knee problems dating from college, and just being able to run around with his teammates and take on additional work is a positive step, Zorn said. "We don't have any contact out here now, so he can participate a little more," Zorn said. "Each day is a real help and I think he's gaining confidence more and more as he continues through this offseason."
Running back Clinton Portis remains excused from practice, while defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin missed his second straight practice as well. "It's a great situation," Zorn said of Griffin. "I'll let him explain it if he chooses." . . . Cornerback Shawn Springs has not participated in the past two weeks of OTAs and Zorn does not expect to see him the rest of this week. Zorn has yet to speak to Springs directly, but played down the significance of that. Teammate Fred Smoot did speak to Springs and relayed some information to the coach. Springs plans to report for the first day of training camp but not take part in much of the voluntary work.