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News & Notes: Lefotu Is Hospitalized

The Redskins received a scare Wednesday afternoon when rookie offensive lineman Kili Lefotu was hospitalized for an undisclosed reason.

When Lefotu did not show up to practice on Wednesday evening, the Redskins' medical team and athletic trainers drove over to National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Va., to locate him. Upon finding Lefotu, they took the 6-5, 315-pound lineman to the hospital.

"He is under observation right now," Gibbs said.

Asked about Lefotu's condition when team officials found him, Gibbs replied: "It was a situation where we sent the medical group over there, and I think at first he was unconscious. They took him to the hospital and he's under observation. They said he's groggy and talking."

Initial tests on Lefotu came back negative, Gibbs said.

The team did not notice Lefotu's absence until after Wednesday evening's practice had started. Lefotu's roommate, defensive tackle Manaia Brown, had been released earlier in the day.

Gibbs declined to go into further details about Lefotu's condition at this time, but emphasized that the team is taking the situation "very seriously."

Lefotu was the Redskins' seventh-round draft pick in last April's NFL Draft.



After sitting out Tuesday afternoon's practice, Mark Brunell returned on Wednesday evening. He had sustained a minor calf injury during practice earlier in the week, but he again downplayed that injury as the reason for him missing practice.

"While I did have a little bruise down there, [sitting out Tuesday afternoon's practice] was more for me to take a break," Brunell said. "The leg came back very nice. Going last night would not have been smart. Practicing tonight was very smart. As practice went on, I felt better and better. It's not a problem."

During the evening session, the offense got some work in two-minute drills.

"We've had only one other session on it so far," Joe Gibbs said. "It's a big deal for us. We're going to work hard on it this year. We got some early work on it. I thought both our defense was very good in that situation and they pressure a lot. And I think we have a good scheme offensively."


Offensive tackle Jim Molinaro underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee, Joe Gibbs said. It is expected that Molinaro will be sidelined 3-4 weeks.

Molinaro had suffered the injury in a practice earlier this week.

Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd returned to practice on Wednesday. But missing was Taylor Jacobs, who sat out Wednesday's practice with a strained right leg.

A number of players have hamstring injuries forcing them to miss action: Defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery, wide receiver Ataveus Cash and safety Curry Burns.

Defensive lineman Nic Clemons continues to rehab a knee injury sustained in last Saturday's Redskins-Ravens scrimmage.

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