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Redskins kick returner Brandon Banks released from hospital

Washington Redskins kick/punt returner Brandon Banks was released from Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington on Friday, according to his agent, after spending the last six days recovering from a stab wound to the chest.

James Gould said in a phone interview that his client is doing fine after suffering from a collapsed lung that required a tube to be inserted into Banks’ chest.

“The tube was removed from his chest, and his lung is fully inflated,” Gould said in a statement issued later in the day by the Redskins. “Brandon should be fully recovered and able to resume offseason training in three to four weeks.”

Banks and close friend Christopher Nixon were both stabbed at 3 a.m. last Saturday after they got into a fight with Lanham’s Jason D. Shorter. Banks was originally expected to be released from Howard University Hospital sometime Sunday, but his left lung, which was nicked by the knife, wouldn’t stay inflated on its own.

Banks was transported to Arlington on Wednesday and received additional care from team doctors.

No GMU this year

The Redskins will not be holding training camp at George Mason University as they had hoped. General Manager Bruce Allen and George Mason Athletic Director Tom O’Connor announced that despite working to move training camp to the Fairfax campus and away from the Redskins’ Ashburn headquarters for the first time since 2002, the details couldn’t be completely resolved this year.

O’Connor issued a statement saying the university wasn’t able to give the Redskins the assurance that all of the needed facilities would be available at the time training camp is scheduled to take place.

Allen said he still hopes to have training camp at George Mason in the future.

“We recently had the opportunity to explore George Mason University as a possible site for training camp,” Allen said in a statement issued by the team. “We are excited about the first-class facilities at the university and will continue to work with their administration for a future partnership. Once a decision is made, we will make an announcement.”

Allen and other team officials had looked into occupying the Mason Inn for the month of August, and they, along with O’Connor, were looking into whether or not all of the college’s practice fields and training facilities would be available to them.

The Redskins still are hoping to find a nearby location away from Ashburn to hold this year’s camp.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.


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