- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 10, 2006

LEFOTU HOSPITALIZED

Redskins rookie offensive lineman Kili Lefotu was found unconscious in his dorm room last night after he failed to report for practice. Lefotu was hospitalized and coach Joe Gibbs said an initial battery of tests showed no irregularities.

A cause for Lefotu’s problems were not disclosed.

“At first, he was unconscious but they said he’s now groggy and talking,” Gibbs said after practice.

Lefotu was at Redskin Park for morning and afternoon meetings. He was staying in his own room after teammate Manaia Brown was released.

When Lefotu didn’t board the team bus, the Redskins called his agent, who then contacted his family. Soon after, Redskins medical personnel and security at the National Conference Center found Lefotu. Gibbs said 911 was called once Lefotu was found, and director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer left practice to meet him at Loudoun County Hospital. Gibbs was given updates throughout practice.

“It scares you when anything like that happens,” he said. “When he didn’t show up for practice, you’re never quite sure because they could have decided to not play anymore.”

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Lefotu was a seventh-round pick this year out of Arizona.

LANDING SPOT

A week ago, defensive Ben Emanuel — despite the fact he started eight games as a rookie safety last year for the San Francisco — was out of work, after getting released by the 49ers.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Emanuel was on the practice field at Redskin Park. He was signed mid-day Tuesday when safety Dennard Wilson was released.

“It was an interesting start,” he said. “The individual drills were a test but everything has started smooth. I don’t know too much of the defense but I got to play some simple cover 2.”

Emanuel could will compete with Curry Burns and rookie Reed Doughty for a reserve position.

“I was kind of surprised [with being released], but it happened for a reason and look where I am now,” he said.

Yesterday, the Redskins made another roster move, releasing defensive tackle Manaia Brown, who had missed the last several days with a groin, and signing defensive tackle Chris Mineo. Mineo played at Texas-El Paso last year.

BUGEL ON MONK

Offensive line guru Joe Bugel was asked earlier this week if he was upset that none of the “Hogs” is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“We’re all upset because of Russ Grimm, Joe Jacoby and Art Monk,” he said. “With Art, they’re talking about touchdowns and stuff, but he played a lot of years and had a lot of good years. That’s a disappointment.”

QUOTABLE

“We don’t have to go out and kill each other in practice right now. We want to keep everybody healthy for that Monday night game.”

— Defensive end Phillip Daniels on having only three two-a-days this training camp.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

0 Members of the Redskins’ 2001 draft class currently in training camp.

ON THE SIDELINE

Sitting out the lone practice last night were: Receiver Ataveus Cash (hamstring), safety Curry Burns (hamstring), linebacker Kevin Simon (abdomen), offensive tackle Jim Molinaro (knee), defensive lineman Nic Clemons (knee) and defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery (hamstring). Offensive lineman Chris Pino injured his shoulder during weight lifting and receiver Taylor Jacobs was held out because of a leg injury.

Gibbs said Molinaro, who had surgery yesterday, would miss 3-4 weeks.

Quarterback Mark Brunell, receiver Brandon Lloyd and tight end Calen Powell returned to practice.

SCHEDULE

4 p.m. (Open to the public)

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