Redskins' Brandon Banks moved to hospital in Arlington, getting treatment for collapsed lung

Ivan Carter discusses Redskin Brandon Banks's injuries with Washington Post reporters Gene Wang and Barry Svrluga.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 17, 2011; 12:24 AM

Washington Redskins kick-punt returner Brandon Banks has been transported to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, where he will receive additional care for a collapsed lung, his agent said in a statement released by the team Wednesday.

Banks, who was stabbed in the upper left abdomen during a fight outside a Northwest D.C. nightclub Saturday morning, had been hospitalized at Howard University Hospital for the past four days, Redskins senior vice president Tony Wyllie said.

"Brandon is doing fine; he has been moved to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, under the care of Redskins team physician Dr. Anthony Casolaro," Banks's agent, James Gould, said in the statement. "The knife nicked his lung creating a pneumothorax condition. He still has a chest tube inserted and it will remain until the wound heals and the lung remains inflated."

Gould said doctors are hopeful the tube will be removed by Friday but "if the lung does not respond then a commonly performed procedure using a scope will be performed to repair the lung."

"We expect 100 percent recovery where he can resume his off season training in two to four weeks," Gould said.

Banks was taken to the hospital in stable condition with what Gould originally described as superficial wounds. The agent had said Banks was expected to be released sometime Sunday, but that release date was pushed back on each of the next two days before Wednesday's move of Banks to Virginia Hospital Center.

"We were hopeful that the tube would have been removed this past Monday, but the lung would not remain inflated," Gould said in the statement.

"Brandon is in good spirits, especially after speaking with his friend, Christopher Nixon. Brandon would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Howard University Hospital for their care and appreciates the outpouring of love and support from his fans, teammates and the Redskins family."

Banks, 23, and Nixon, a close friend, were stabbed outside the Park at Fourteenth nightclub about 3 a.m. Saturday after they got into an argument with a man police have identified as Jason Dacosta Shorter.

Nixon received multiple stab wounds to the face and upper body and was taken to a different D.C. area hospital than Banks. He has been listed in critical condition. Shorter was arrested Saturday morning and later charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. He was released, but is under high intensity monitoring, and is due to report to D.C. Superior Court for his preliminary hearing on March 8.

Redskins notes: Longtime defensive assistant Kirk Olivadotti is leaving the Redskins. He has accepted the inside linebackers coach position at the University of Georgia, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

Olivadotti was the longest-tenured coach on the Redskins' staff, having spent 11 seasons with the team. He broke into the NFL coaching ranks with Washington in 2000 as a defensive quality control coach. From 2007 to 2009, Olivadotti served as linebackers coach for the Redskins and served as defensive assistant this past season.

When reached by phone, Olivadotti declined to comment.

In other coaching-related news, the team re-signed safeties coach Steve Jackson, two sources said on condition of anonymity. Jackson had been with the Redskins staff since 2004, coaching the safeties each season, and his contract was up.

The Redskins announced Wednesday that they have promoted offensive assistant Sean McVay to tight ends coach. McVay, who just completed his first season with the Redskins, filled in as tight ends coach for the last four games of the season after Jon Embree took the head coaching job at the University of Colorado.

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