- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Several emailers have inquired recently about the infant of Redskins rookie safety Reed Doughty, who has been the subject of our “Rookie’s Road” series since before training camp. Micah Doughty was born six weeks premature on Aug. 30 in Colorado.

A few weeks ago, Reed said the baby might need a kidney transplant.

Yesterday, he said, “He’s probably going to need one, but hopefully things will change and he won’t need it.”

Reed said Micah weighs seven pounds and needs to weigh 25 pounds before a potential transplant. He hopes that Micah and Reed’s wife can move to Virginia before the surgery.

“As soon as he’s healthy enough to fly, I’m trying to get him here as soon as possible,” he said.

Reed Doughty made his NFL debut last Sunday at Dallas but did not record a tackle.

In other Wednesday news:

• Mark Brunell was defiant on his status as the Redskins’ starting quarterback. Only once did he use the word ‘I’ to describe his play, not exactly a great sign of leadership.

• Shawn Springs tweaked a groin in practice and is questionable. The injury isn’t related to his abdominal surgery. I don’t expect him to play at Houston.

• I do expect Clinton Portis to play and start against the Texans — he went through the full practice today.

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