Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Redskins rookie lineman Lefotu found unconscious
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins rookie offensive lineman
Kili Lefotu was found unconscious in his room Wednesday evening and
was undergoing tests at a hospital.
Coaches became concerned when Lefotu failed to show up for the
team's 7 p.m. practice. Representatives were sent to the National
Conference Center, where the players are being housed. They found
Lefotu unresponsive and called emergency services to take Lefotu to
Coach Joe Gibbs said Lefotu appeared to be doing better, but
doctors had yet to diagnose what happened. Lefotu was to remain at
Loudoun County Hospital overnight for more tests.
"He's responsive, he's talking, which wasn't the case when they
first found him at the dorm," Gibbs said. "The first set of
tests, they were looking for something bleeding, and they didn't
find anything. The first set of tests came back without anything
that we should be alarmed about."
Gibbs said the Redskins training staff was not aware of any
similar problems in Lefotu's medical history.
Gibbs also said Lefotu had attended the afternoon meetings and
showed no signs of illness. The team took longer than usual to
become aware of Lefotu's illness because his roommate, Manaia Brown, had been released earlier in the day.
"Anytime something like this happens, it's serious," Gibbs
Lefotu was a seventh-round draft pick from Arizona in this