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Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Redskins rookie lineman Lefotu found unconscious

Associated Press

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 a hospital.

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 said.

Lefotu was a seventh-round draft pick from Arizona in this year's draft.