Thursday, August 31, 2006


Washington Redskins rookie safety Reed Doughty missed last night’s preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens to remain in Greeley, Colo., with his wife, Katie, who delivered the couple’s first child Wednesday afternoon six weeks premature.

Micah Jay Doughty was born at 4 p.m. Wednesday and remained in intensive care last night, Reed Doughty said in a phone interview. The baby was fighting an infection and also lung and kidney problems.

“He’s got some problems, but I think he’s improving,” Doughty said. “I’m going to make sure he’s OK before I think about going back to play football.”

Doughty, a sixth-round draft choice, was on the bubble to make the 53-man roster after the Redskins signed veteran Vernon Fox on Tuesday.

Doughty received a call from his wife at 5 a.m. Wednesday and caught a morning flight to Colorado after informing the Redskins coaches.

“Even though I’m not able to play in the game, I’m still hoping things work out,” he said.

If Doughty, who forced a fumble last week at New England, is cut tomorrow, he’s a likely candidate for the Redskins practice squad.

— Ryan O’Halloran

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