- The Washington Times - Friday, August 11, 2006

Washington Redskins rookie guard Kili Lefotu had improved yesterday, but remained hospitalized at least until this morning after mysteriously passing out in his dorm room Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old, seventh-round draft pick from the University of Arizona, who was first taken by ambulance to Loudoun County Hospital, was transported later on Wednesday to the team’s preferred facility, Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

“Kili’s doing much better,” Redskins director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said. “He feels good. He’s talking. His fiancee came in to be with him. I went down to see him this morning. He talked to me. He called me by name. We thought maybe he had a seizure, but we’re not sure. Hopefully by tomorrow morning, [team physician Anthony Casolaro] will have some determination what caused it.”

Tyer said that the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Lefotu had gone through a normal weight room workout on Wednesday morning and that his collapse wasn’t related to the heat.

Tyer also offered a somewhat different chronology of Lefotu’s collapse than had been given during the uncertain hours of Wednesday night. According to Tyer, Lefotu started feeling ill and called the front desk at the National Conference Center to ask them to call 911.

“We don’t take roll checks when they come off the bus, but [the coaches] noticed him missing,” Tyer said. “[Then] we always go to the dorm room and make sure everything is OK and yesterday it wasn’t OK. … We sent one of our security guys over. The paramedics did a great job. We got there maybe one minute after that. He was breathing on his own. There wasn’t any emergency CPR. He was conscious when we first got to him, but then he just passed out. [But] his breathing, pulse rate, heart, blood pressure. Everything was stable.”

Needless to say, Lefotu’s illness took his teammates aback.

“When you don’t see a guy out there and you’re searching for him and you don’t know what the deal is and you hear he was unconscious, that’s a scary moment,” starting right guard Randy Thomas said. “All my prayers go out to Kili and his family and I hope he’s back on the field with us soon.”

Jimoh won’t play Sunday

Cornerback Ade Jimoh will miss at least Sunday’s preseason opener at Cincinnati after injuring his sternum in a collision with running back Rock Cartwright during Tuesday’s practice. Tyer said Jimoh has a slight separation and might return next week.

“I feel good,” Jimoh said. “I’m walking. I’m talking. I’m breathing. I’m living. I didn’t think it was that bad when it happened. I’m eating and sleeping OK. I just want to get back out there as soon as I can. You always want to be available.”

New cast for Jansen

Right offensive tackle Jon Jansen has a new, smaller cast on his right thumb that allows him more flexibility.

“I’m all healed up,” said Jansen, who has had three surgeries on the thumb since he broke it last September. “It’s just a matter of trying to protect it through the preseason and make sure nothing happens.”

Ideally, Jansen will be able to shed the cast before the season opener.

“I don’t know if I’ll have nothing on it, but I’ll have my hands the way they need to be,” he said.

Staff writer Ryan O’Halloran contributed to this article.

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