Brandon Banks progressing in recovery from knife wounds

By Mike Jones
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 14, 2011; D03

The agent for Washington Redskins kick-punt returner Brandon Banks said Sunday afternoon that his client continues to progress in his recovery from superficial knife wounds suffered during a Saturday morning attack outside a D.C. nightclub, and he expected the football player to be released from the hospital some time Sunday evening.

"He's recovering well, there's no damage and no residual effects, so it looks like he's going to make a full recovery and be just fine," the agent, James Gould, said in a phone interview. "Brandon's friend also is recovering. He was talking today, and also is expected to make a full recovery."

Banks, who just completed his first NFL season, and boyhood friend Christopher Nixon were both stabbed by Lanham resident Jason D. Shorter around 3 a.m. Saturday after they got into an altercation outside The Park at Fourteenth in Northwest D.C., police said.

Banks turned around when he heard Nixon and Shorter arguing, and when they began fighting, the Redskins player and a bouncer tried to break up the fight. Shorter opened a folding knife and began slashing at Nixon and Banks, according to the police report.

The 5-foot-7, 151-pound Banks suffered a wound to the upper left abdomen, and Nixon, according to the report, was stabbed in the face and body multiple times. Banks was taken to the hospital in stable condition, but Nixon underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition Saturday.

Shorter was arrested and initially charged by D.C. police with assault with the intent to kill, but the U.S. Attorney's office charged him with a lesser crime of assault with a dangerous weapon.

"Their attacker will be charged for what he has done, and Brandon is very relieved," Gould said. "He and his family are very thankful that it looks like everybody will be okay."

The Redskins on Saturday evening released a statement that was issued by Gould, and the agent said team officials continue to offer their support. Teammates also have reached out to Banks, who in his first year out of Kansas State established himself as a dangerous kick and punt returner.

"The Redskins have been phenomenal in their support," Gould said. "I can't say enough about them and everything they have done."

Banks's father, Daryle McNair, said his son was doing well but declined to speak further on the matter when reached by telephone.

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