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Redskins Insider: November 25, 2007 - December 1, 2007

Renaldo Wynn And Sean

Spent a considerable amount of time on the phone with former Redskin Renaldo Wynn Friday night while news of the arrest in Sean's murder was coming down (then my laptop crashed, henced the delayed posting). Wynn went through the same range of emotions and thoughts so many of you have...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 1, 2007; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Daniel Snyder Reacts/Players React

STATEMENT FROM DANIEL M. SNYDER ON THE ARRESTS IN THE SEAN TAYLOR CASE "This is another step, but not a conclusion, in a very personal and painful tragedy. The police have done a wonderful and professional job in quickly making arrests. I thank them for keeping us informed and involved...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 30, 2007; 9:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Richard Sharpstein Reacts To The Confessions

Richard Sharpstein, Taylor's family friend and lawyer, was trying to escape from the tragedy at the Miami Heat game. I just got off the phone with him. He said that the word he received from police is that they were waiting to get multiple confessions before going forward on an...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 30, 2007; 9:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Updates...

"They certainly were not looking to go there and kill anyone." Those are the words of the police department official regarding the four males, ages 17-20, who were arrested in connection with the murder of Sean Taylor. I'll keep putting more up here as we get it and get rolling....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 30, 2007; 9:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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New Tidbit from Miami Herald

While Jason is driving and since Cindy is off, I'll post the latest from the very solid crew at the Miami Herald, which says that investigators believe some of the men being questioned had been to Sean's house for a birthday party: http://www.miamiherald.com/1246/story/326903.html...

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  November 30, 2007; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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University of Miami Alumni Plans

Jason, driving home from the TV studio, asked me to post this for him. It's from the University of Miami's alumni group: Dear Alumni Community, The University of Miami Alumni Association is deeply saddened by the loss of alumnus Sean Taylor. As many of you already know, Sean was the...

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  November 30, 2007; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sunday Details

Everyone at FedEx Field should be in their seat by 12:15, as I mentioned before. CBS will be televising the moment of silence before the game, I've been told, and several people have emailed me about being able to watch all of the pre-game activities. Much of it will be...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 30, 2007; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Injury Update

FB Mike Sellers (back) and WR James Thrash (ankle) are out for Sunday's game. Guard Randy Thomas told me there is no way he can play - though the big guy can be coy at times - but the Redskins list him as questionable with his torn triceps. WR Antwaan...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 30, 2007; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Joe Gibbs, Santana Moss and Clinton Portis React To The News of Suspects In The Case

Coach Joe Gibbs reacted briefly coming off the field to news that three men have been detained in Florida in connection to Sean's murder: "That's good, that's real good," Gibbs said. "i think that makes everybody around here extremely happy. We're thankful for that, and we apprciate all the hard...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 30, 2007; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Report - Three Detained (UPDATE)

Our reporters in Miami are working on this story, but for now here is a link to a wire story detailing developments in Sean's case: Link. Just got off the phone with Richard Sharpstein, Sean's lawyer. Richard said that he has heard what the Herald reported - three men from...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 30, 2007; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fund For Sean's Daughter, Jackie

REDSKINS ESTABLISH FUND TO BENEFIT DAUGHTER OF SEAN TAYLOR ASHBURN, VA - The Washington Redskins today announce establishment of a trust fund to benefit Jackie, the 18-month old daughter of slain safety Sean Taylor. The Sean Taylor Memorial Trust Fund has been fully endorsed by Jackie Garcia, mother of Sean's...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 30, 2007; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Practice Update/Other Details

Would be hard to imagine the Skins are going to list WR James Thrash (ankle) and FB Mike Sellers (back) as anything other than doubtful or out. They missed practice again and have not been on the field really much at all that I can think of this week from...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 30, 2007; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Comcast to Air Funeral

We will be covering Sean's funeral extensively at The Post and through the Insider, and we just got confirmation from Comcast that it will air the entire funeral live. I have also left a message with the Skins trying to find out if they will air a broadcast of it...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 30, 2007; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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No. 21 Stickers/More Ray Lewis

Anyone else a little thrown off by the actual sight of the sitckers on the helmets of this Dallas/Green Bay game? Kinda makes it a little more real, even despite the thousands of words I've already written about Sean's passing. Wanted to let you guys know that the powers that...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 29, 2007; 9:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Portis and No. 21

There's been a lot of discussion about whether Clinton Portis will request a change to No. 21...Dan Steinberg reports: "21 was Sean's number, and for me to put it on, I can't go out and emulate Sean's style. I can't go out and be Sean Taylor. There's no need to...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 29, 2007; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Statement From Sean's Mother

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF DONNA JUNOR, MOTHER OF SEAN TAYLOR & FAMILY: "We would like to thank everyone for their love and support and prayers in this difficult time. Your support has provided comfort and understanding and has allowed us to know how Sean has touched so many lives. We...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 29, 2007; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NFL Says No Change To Thursday Game/Redskins Say Same Thing (UPDATED)

Just got off the phone with Greg Aiello, Senior VP of Communications for the NFL, who says that to the best of his knowledge there has never been one discussion about moving next Thursday's game between the Redskins and Bears. It has garnered no consideration. Aiello said the NFL has...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 29, 2007; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ray Lewis on Sean

Camille Powell, who covers the Ravens for The Post, sent along the text of LB Ray Lewis's remarks on Sean's passing. Lewis, like Taylor, was a University of Miami star, who worked out with Sean during some offseasons. Ray Lewis didn't answer questions from the media today, but he...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 29, 2007; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ray Lewis on Sean Taylor

Camille Powell reports that Miami guy Ray Lewis did not talk to the media today, but did take a moment to speak about Sean Taylor: "I understand the magnitude of this game with the Patriots and everything coming in, but the bottom line is, I was more than a friend...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 29, 2007; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Portis and Moss on Rolle's Comments

Dan Steinbog reports: Portis and Moss talked extensively to reporters about Taylor today, as did many other Redskins, but the University of Miami guys, who sat next to Taylor in the locker room and had spoken with him on Saturday, addressed Antrel Rolle's comments about how Taylor had been targeted....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 29, 2007; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Guest Blog - Ehren

I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of emails I have received this week. It's been completely overwhelming and I am greatly appreciative. This email, from Ehren, I think, sums up a lot of what you guys are feeling out there, so I wanted to post it. Thanks again....

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 29, 2007; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Funeral Details

From what I gather, Daniel Snyder has procured a massive plane to take anyone and everyone in the organization to the funeral. If you work at Redskins Park or for the team, and you want to go, you can. It holds like 330 people and will be similar to the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 29, 2007; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Demetric Evans, Gun Violence and Sean

I found myself thinking about Redskins defensive end Demetric Evans quite a bit the last few days, wondering how he was doing. Demetric and I spent a fair amount of time the previous two weeks talking about our violent culture in this country, how your life can change in an...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 29, 2007; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The 49ers Respond

Okay, last post of the night. Matt Maiocco, who covers the 49ers for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, was kind enough to send along some quotes from San Francisco on Sean's passing. San Fran Coach Mike Nolan spoke to Coach Joe Gibbs about the tragedy, and the 49ers organization has...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 10:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Shout Out To Redskins PR/L.Coles Reacts To Sean

I just wanted to take a minute to thank the Redskins - and particularly the PR staff - for their diligence, assistance and professionalism in helping us cover this tragedy. It was horrible for everyone involved, and particularly draining for them, and they spent endless days and nights doing their...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Richard Sharpstein's Reaction To Sean's Death Being "Random"

Just got off the phone with Richard Sharpstein, Sean Taylor's former attorney, a family friend and now in essence a family spokesperson. Sharpstein said that he spoke to homicide detectives and is not of the belief that Sean's murder is a "random act" as a police spokesperson said today....

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 8:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Some Updates

Was swamped for a few hours working on stories for the newspaper but wanted to post a few things. The Miami Police are investigating Sean's murder as a random act right now, they told reporters today. We will have a story on that from our reporters based in Miami in...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 7:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Sean's Funeral

It will be Monday morning at the arena at Florida International University in the Miami area. The Redskins will attend....

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Denver Broncos Reach Out

Another good friend, Bill Williamson of the Denver Post, sent along some quotes from Pat Bowlen, owner of the Broncos. Bowlen has a strong relationship with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, and the Broncos dealt with the murder of one of their young players, Darrent Williams, in January. Broncos Coach Mike...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Players Heading Home

Most of the team has gone. Some players, like Jason Campbell, Santana Moss and Clinton Portis - Moss and Portis were two of Sean's closest friends - did not want to speak. Some of them may tomorrow. Also the defensive backs, other than safety Pierson Prioleau - have declined comment...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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London Fletcher On Sean

Dan Steinberg is up in Buffalo reporting on this story from there, and took part in the conference call Redskins LB London Fletcher did with the Buffalo reporters. London played for the Bills from 2002-2006 and was a very popular player there. He, like Sean, is represented by Drew Rosenhaus,...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Football Update (Disclaimer)

This is not Sean Taylor related, and is an update on player status for Sunday's game. This would be time to tune out if you are not interested in this kind of info. Guard Randy Thomas returned to practice fully for the first time his tearing his triceps in Week...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Funeral Monday in Miami

Some players and Coach Gibbs just spoke coming off the field. I'll post things as I can. Coach Joe Gibbs said the funeral will take place on Monday. The meeting this morning lasted about 2 hours in the auditorium, players said, with players reporting at 8. Coach Joe Gibbs and...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Clinton Portis and No. 21

At this point, according the NFL office, Clinton Portis and/or the Redskins have made no request for Portis to change his No. to 21, Sean's number. Any player would have to receive league approval before making such a change. Portis could still make that request down the line, but as...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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TJ Duckett Remembers Sean

My good friend Nick Cotsonika, who covers the Lions for the Detroit Free Press, just emailed me the transcript of the conversation he had with former Redskin running back TJ Duckett about Sean . TJ was here for the 2006 season then left as a free agent in Match. "He...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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A Report from Billsland

We sent Dan "Bogboy" Steinberg to Buffalo; here's part of what he's filed on the bog...you can read more there. I thought you might like some fresh copy as we await players/Joe Gibbs. The mood at the Bills' practice facility was very somber for much of the afternoon. Players spoke...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 28, 2007; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The Redskins Back At Practice

Practice just concluded and it unfolded as normal during the portion we saw. Same drills as usual and no overt signs of the obvious pall that has been cast over the organization. Tailback Clinton Portis was in sweat clothes and not practicing. Injured fullback Mike Sellers (back) and defensive tackle...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Derrick Dockery On Sean/John Hall

Former Redskin guard Derrick Dockery - here from 2003-2006, then signing with Buffalo in March - is among those grieving for Sean. Dockery is doing a conference call with the media here. Overall, Dockery said of the past few days: "It's tough, but I'm good." Dockery talked to Redskins Demetric...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Team Chaplain Brett Fuller On The Meeting With Sean's Family

Chaplain Brett Fuller spoke about the meeting Pedro Taylor had with the team this morning. Fuller said the address lasted about 10 minutes and was felt deeply. When asked if Pedro became emotional during the talk, Fuller declined to comment, but it was clear that this was no ordinary gathering....

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Waiting For Players

From what I have heard, Pedro Taylor's address to the team was very heartfelt and emotional. He spoke about how much Sean loved football, and loved playing for the Redskins and with these teammates, and urged them to play as hard as they possibly can for Sean. I know it...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Reaction from Wizards

Caron Butler: "My thoughts and prayers are with Sean's family, his teammates, the Redskins organization and the fans. He was a very talented player and a really good person. He always had a smile on his face the couple of occassions I saw him. This is a terrible tragedy and...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 28, 2007; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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A Statement from the Nationals

Just to keep you up-to-date on everything that is happening...here's a statement from the Washington Nationals: "The Lerner family and the entire Washington Nationals organization and ownership group express their heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Sean Taylor and the Washington Redskins. Sean will be missed for...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 28, 2007; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Redskins Roster News (Disclaimer)

Again, if you feel this is somehow callous to be posting this, cool, I understand. This would be a good time to stop reading. For everyone else - the Redskins are re-signing WR Jimmy Farris to fill a roster spot. They are also releasing OL Kevin Sampson and activating LB...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pedro Taylor Addressed The Team At Redskins Park This Morning

Sean's father, Pedro, flew to Ashburn today and addressed the team this morning in the main auditorium here at what I am told was a highly emotional meeting. Pedro Taylor and other family members flew here but are no longer in the building. The Redskins were touched by his gesture...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Quiet At Redskins Park

About 12 people are sitting at the vigil area, and the players are all inside. Not sure how much access we will get. There are some rumblings that there will not be an open-locker room setting for the media, and that instead players might be escorted to the media...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Taylor Retrospective Video

Posting for Jasno here -- he and washingtonpost.com's Akira Hakuta produced a video retrospective of Sean Taylor's career with some scene-setting info from Redskins Park yesterday. Give it a look -- I think they did a great job. - Jon DeNunzio, sports editor, washingtonpost.com...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  November 28, 2007; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Final Post Of The Night (I Think)

Okay, I think this is going to be it for me until tomorrow. I am pretty wiped out. Wanted to get a few more pieces of info up before I crashed and went to bed. Spoke to Richard Sharpstein, Sean's lawyer and de facto family spokesperson at this point. He...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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Contract Details (Read The Disclaimer, Please)

Some people have asked about how the Redskins move on from this, what kind of financial situation Sean's family is in, how he impacts the salary cap, etc. I have held off on dealing with any of this to this point, and after running it by my editors they figured...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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The Vigil

Got this report from Paul Tenorio, who is doing great work and was at the vigil. He says there are about 200 people out there, with a long line of cars coming in "that looks like Field of Dreams."...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Ryan Clark Remembers His Friend

Ryan Clark was probably Sean Taylor's closest friend during their two years together on the Washington Redskins (2004-2005). Sean made 53 NFL starts - 22 of them were with Clark by his side (rookie LaRon Landry has the second-most starts with Sean, just 9). Numerous Redskins teammates said that Clark...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dan Snyder and Joe Gibbs Remarks

Joe Gibbs said the plan is for everyone in the complex to attend Sean's funeral in Florida. Snyder said he believes that funeral will likely be sometime early next week and all teams are wearing No. 21 on their helmets this Sunday. Snyder and Gibbs both said they still had...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
 
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Press Conference at 4 pm

Joe Gibbs and Daniel Snyder will speak at 4 pm, the team said. Also, the word I have received from the NFL at this point is that there are no plans to change the game time or date for this weekend. That is at this moment. If there is a...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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More Reaction/Press Conference Update

Two of Sean's former Miami teammates - tight end Jeremy Shockey and receiver Sinorice Moss (brother of Taylor's good friend and Redskins teammate Santana Moss) - spoke about their loss today. Both play for the NY Giants. Shockey said: "He was kind of like a wild child, like myself, but...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pedro Taylor Statement

To the best I have been able to detect, this email is in fact from Pedro Taylor in response to the tragedy. Here is the text of what I received: Pedro Taylor sent the following message: Sean Taylor First and foremost we would like to thank all of the support...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Jason Campbell's Reaction/Sean Leading Pro Bowl Vote Getter

The young QB got emotional as he made a statement regarding Sean a little while ago: "Sean was a dear friend to all of us. We're all like a family and it's like we lost a family member. Through this tragedy we all have to try to pull together, stay...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Goodell's Statement

The commissioner's office has released this statement from Roger Goodell: The entire NFL is deeply saddened by the death of Sean Taylor. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Sean's family, friends, teammates, and the Redskins' organization. This is a terrible tragedy involving the loss of a young man who leaves...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 27, 2007; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Andy Reid Speaks

Just got an assist from David Aldridge, a great guy and another former Post sports staffer, passed along a statement the Eagles released regarding Sean's passing: Eagles head coach Andy Reid on Sean Taylor: "We are saddened by the news about Sean Taylor's death. Although I did not know Sean...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Mayor Fenty's Statement/WebChat

David Nakamua of our Metro department, a former Post sports writer who I have known for a long time, forwarded me a copy of Mayor Fenty's statement on Sean's passing, the text of which follows: Mayor Adrian M. Fenty issued the following statement after hearing about the death of Washington...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Pete Kendall Speaks

The guard, who arrived via trade just before the season began, is the second Redskin to meet the media today, following safety Reed Doughty. Pete is thinking most of his teammates right now, admitting that he did not have the chance to get to know Sean that well over the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Redskins Memorials

From the Redskins: The Washington Redskins are coordinating memorials for Sean Taylor at both Redskins Park and FedExField. The #21 will be painted in a grass parking area on the right side of the road in front of the guardhouse leading into Redskins Park. In addition, #21 will also be...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Reed Doughty Expresses His Thoughts

Safety Reed Doughty, who has replaced Sean the past two weeks while he was injured and will likely now do so at least the rest of this season, is meeting the media right now, the first player to speak since Sean's passing. Reed was a late round draft pick in...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Vigil Tonight at 6 pm/Other Info

The folks gathering at the field to honor Sean here have asked that I get the word out that at 6 pm tonight they will be gather for another vigil. Glad I can help get that out there. It was pretty moving last night and imagine it will be the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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The Saddest Day At Redskins Park

There is pain everywhere here after Sean Taylor, 24, died early this morning from gunshot wounds suffered during an invasion at his home in the Miami area. Taylor was in the prime of his career, in this his fourth NFL season. He was engaged to be married and leaves behind...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
 
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Statement From Daniel Snyder

Just received a statement from the owner of the team: "This is the worst imaginable tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean's family."...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Sean Taylor Has Passed Away/Redskins Park Mourns

Sean Taylor did not make it through the night according to his lawyer, Richard Sharpstein. He passed away early this morning, Sharpstein said, although he did not know the exact time of death at this point. Sharpstein said he spoke with Pedro Taylor, Sean;s father, within the hour and learned...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (175)
 
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Sean's Status Unchanged

As of this minute, all is still the same, in critical condition. Sean has not yet opened his eyes, according to lawyer Richard Sharpstein, but was responsive to stimuli. The doctors continue to monitor him closely, checking vital signs and signs of responsiveness and hoping that this is the first...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
 
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The Police Report/Other Details

Not much details here but figured I'd share it anyway. It's the press release from the police in Miami says there are no known suspects at this point. NARRATIVE: Mr. Sean Michael Maurice Taylor was the victim of a shooting. He was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he remains...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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A REALLY REALLY POSITIVE SIGN (UPDATED)

Les Carpenter, who is working the story for us in Miami, heard rumblings that Sean may have opened his eyes. I have not been able to get that confirmed but just heard from a team offical that Sean is now responsive, which is obviously a turn for the best. I...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Gregg Williams Speaks

Gregg Williams nearly broke down speaking about his kinship for Sean Taylor a moment ago, perhaps the most emotional moment of the day. Gregg, choking back tears at the end, swallowing hard, said he's not worried about Sean Taylor playing football again; he just wants him to live. "I just...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Coach Joe On Sean

Joe Gibbs was obviously anguished over this horrible ordeal, and it grasping for words to sum up how he and the team feel. Gibbs said he had no real new medical information about the situation and everyone continues to pray that he recovers from the gunshot wound, though "it's extremely...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Sean Taylor "Clinging To Life"

Richard Sharpstein, who has represented Sean Taylor in legal matters in the past and is a friend of the family, said moments ago that the player's life is hanging in the balance in the hospital. Sharpstein, speaking from the hospital, said Taylor is "nonresponsive and unconscious" and the doctors are...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (249)
 
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A Clarification

Some people have emailed me or called unsure of why Sean was not with the team, so I figured I'd clear that up if necessary while I have a spare minute between phone calls. As is the norm, the Redskins do not require many injured players to travel with the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Chris Samuels and Keenan McCardell Speak

Tackle Chris Samuels, one of the longest serving members of the team, said he learned of the shooting upon entering Redskins Park. John Jefferson, director of player development who serves as a liaison to the players in essence, pulled Samuels in his office to tell him what happened. Samuels recalled...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Dan Snyder Statement

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has entered the media room to read a statement. "On behalf of the Redskins, the players and everyone here at the Redskins, our hearts and prayers go out to Sean and his family. Myself and a group of Redskins are on our way to Miami. I...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Chris Cooley Speaks/Dan Snyder to Speak

Cooley said that the latest he heard on the situation was that Sean endured 6 hours of surgery today and is in a coma. He said that Santana Moss's mother is at the hospital and gave the team an update from there. "It's a tough thing right now," Chris said....

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Sean Taylor Recap

Here's what we know for sure: Sean was shot near an artery in his thight, lost a lot of blood, and has been in surgery all day. The situation is very serious. He continues to be worked on as of this moment and the team continues to await for details...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Pierson Prioleau And James Thrash Speak (UPDATED)

Safety Pierson Prioleau just spoke. Before we get to that, Amy Shipley is reporting from Florida and she has chatted with family members who say Sean remains in surgery in critical condition. I am hearing the same thing from within this building. It's an ongoing situation. Prioleau said: "You never...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Clinton Portis Meeting The Media

Clinton is answering questions right now: "It's an unfortuate situation. No one really knows the logistics of what happened." Clinton said the players have not been assured that Sean will survive: "I've been todl hes lost a lot of blood and he's fighting to hold on." As for Taylor's past,...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Sean Taylor (NOON UPDATE)

Sean is in critical condition in Florida after being shot in the leg. The injuries are very serious, and according to one team official "It's not good. We're waiting on more details from the hospital." There is some concern an artery may have been struck, though I have not been...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Inactives

Todd Wade is out, unable to play with the knee strain, so un-drafted rookie Stephon Heyer gets his first NFL start at right tackle. Heyer has very sick with the stomach flu this week and lost a lot of weight, though he did practice Friday. FS Sean Taylor, WR James...

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 25, 2007; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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