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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 team. Sean Taylor, recovering from a knee sprain, receiver James Thrash (ankle) and fullback Mike Sellers (back) were all left off the trip and did not make the team flight to Tampa Saturday afternoon. Again, that's normal for injured players. Those not making the trip - a group that always includes practice-squad players as well - are essentially off for the weekend, and have to report back to Redskins Park Monday for the beginning of the work week.

Now, part of the reason why those injured players are not traveling with the team is to avoid excess travel. No sense constricting legs and ankles and risking swelling to these kind of ligament strains in the air. So, ostensibly, flying would be frowned upon in this case. However, we do not know all of the details yet. According to an earlier Miami Herald report, neighbors of Taylor say there have been multiple robbery attempts on his property recently, and, just guessing here, that could have had something to do with why Sean was down in Florida.

He was with the team at Redskins Park for the team meeting and walkthrough that day, and obviously traveled to Miami after that.

Also, there were some reports earlier in the day that Sean was in Florida to get a second opinion on his knee. I have chatted with several people here, including team officials, who said that if he was in Florida for a second opinion it was news to them

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 2:35 PM ET
 
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Comments

Thanks for your constant updates, Jason.

Posted by: tafka | November 26, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the updates. Hope Sean pulls through. Least he has his youth and health to bring him through this ordeal.

Kevin

Posted by: fearturtle44 | November 26, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

seriously jasno, thanks so much for all of the updates....i'm finding it hard to focus on work right now but the updates are really helping :)

Posted by: realchica | November 26, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Moving this over and praying it's true.


*********************************


Sharpstein is ST's attorney, apparently.


"Sharpstein said Taylor, 24, emerged from surgery in better shape and will likely live. He is in intensive care and doctors have allowed his family to see him."

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking_news/story/320910.html

Posted by: JustMe | November 26, 2007 02:37 PM

Posted by: JustMe | November 26, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

[Sarcasm]A player had the nerve to leave the team Facilities go back home for the Thanksgiving weekend.
[/sarcasm]

Posted by: masochist_101 | November 26, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, great work today, keeping all the hamsters informed.

Not to stay on the Wilbon thing longer than we should, but here is all you need to know:

"Michael Wilbon: Again, I'm not the least bit surprised about the Taylor episode...Why would I be considering his history, even since he joined the Redskins"

Wilbon, you suck..

Posted by: gregmarino88 | November 26, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

We've never embraced a player like we have sean. No matter how many times he leaded with his shoulder we loved him unconditionally. He is more than just a redskins, he IS the redskins. J-La, can you comment on the angle reporters are taking with this story? Why, when a man defends him family and home and is shot in the process, is it important to point out his past problems? The man is fighting for his life, and nothing but updates and well wishes should matter.

Posted by: poconnor | November 26, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Fire Michael Wilbon...now

Thanks for the updates JLC

Fire Michael Wilbon...now

Posted by: tdskinz | November 26, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Sharpstein said Taylor, 24, emerged from surgery about 12:30 p.m. but had lost a lot of blood and remained unconscious, possibly jeopardizing his brain. He is in intensive care and doctors have allowed his family to see him.

They changed the article it no longer says "Sharpstein said Taylor, 24, emerged from surgery in better shape and will likely live. He is in intensive care and doctors have allowed his family to see him."

Posted by: tlehtone | November 26, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Sharpstein said Taylor, 24, emerged from surgery about 12:30 p.m. but had lost a lot of blood and remained unconscious, possibly jeopardizing his brain. He is in intensive care and doctors have allowed his family to see him.

They changed the article it no longer says "Sharpstein said Taylor, 24, emerged from surgery in better shape and will likely live. He is in intensive care and doctors have allowed his family to see him."

Posted by: tlehtone | November 26, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"This could not happen to a better thug! Lie with dogs and you'll get fleas or shot! Go DALLAS!"

Posted by: inbred | November 26, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

ITA!

Posted by: james.harwell | November 26, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

By the way, thank-you Michael Wilbon for not being a HOMEr, and reporting it like it is. SeanTay lived by the thuglife (Brandishing a gun), he might die by the thug life. 10 - 1, go Big D!

Posted by: inbred | November 26, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Intensive Care is an upgrade from Critical Care. Not out of the woods but moving in the right direction.

Posted by: smarty_pants | November 26, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Dear "inbred"

Your username must be represent your heritage.

Posted by: robertjacob | November 26, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

yeah i thinkt hey induced the coma in order to preserve the brain and hopefully prevent brain damage. it might have been a life-saving move.
Coach Thompson had a Doctor on his show just now who said that it is totally conceivable that SeanTay can lead a normal life. Whether or not he'll ever step on the field is the least of our concerns. As long as he can continue being a father and a husband, that's all anyone can ask for at this point.

Posted by: student1234 | November 26, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

A suprisingly ignorant statement from Wilbon. People often emerge from those types of surroundings to become catalysts for change and betterment within their communities.

I'm suprised those statements come from a guy who generally has well reasoned arguments.

Posted by: SeanTizzy2DaHizzy | November 26, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Let's ignore the trash out there guys - especially on this page. I'm just sticking to what we're getting from JLC and the Herald. They seem to be measured and on top of things.

Posted by: kohastings | November 26, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I hope Sean and his family recover from this horrible situation...
I just read the Wilbon chat house transcript and lost respect for him. I usually like his reporting and columns but he seemed very indifferent.
I hate when reporters take their personal feelings about certain players and color everything they write about them based on those feelings.
I'm no idiot, I know that's what columnist are supposed to do. But when someone is fighting for their life, some compassion would be appropriate and appreciated.

Posted by: priceisright | November 26, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Inbred, your name says it all. If there is a God and such thing as Karma, you jut single handedly kept your Boys from winning a super bowl. To be more blunt. Burn in #$**....

Posted by: campb2cd | November 26, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Yeah it is definetely a step in the right dircection, if only a small step. I just thought it was odd that the article completey dropped the first quote.

Posted by: tlehtone | November 26, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the updates Jason! We appreciate any information we get.

My family, follow fans, friends of mine & I hope Sean pulls through!!! We are anxious to get an update that he is ok. Its kind of difficult to work today with this horrible news.

Keep praying everybody!!

Michael Rodriguez
Falls Church, VA

Posted by: redskinz56 | November 26, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Very well said student1234. That's all I can think about right now. That his little girl will be without a father.

Posted by: jm220 | November 26, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

ST in our thoughts.

Posted by: davidfrancois | November 26, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

campb2cd,
Maybe you should pray that your Foreskins will get a win, apparently their play is not enough to produce one! HAHA!

Posted by: inbred | November 26, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Can we please ban these moronic, insensitive posters!

Posted by: puttinforbird | November 26, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Pull thru Sean. Everyones prayers are with you.

You were doing what you were supposed to and staying with your family. This is tragic and unfortunate.

Recover quickly.

Ozzie

Posted by: ostinato | November 26, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon has always been a bit of a grandpa when writing about athletes, especially younger black ones. Still recall the column he wrote complaining about Iverson's hair style (corn rows I believe) back in his Georgetown days. Can almost picture Michael on the front porch talking about how he had to walk to school ten miles in the snow everyday then yelling at the kids to get off his lawn

Posted by: gauchoamigo4 | November 26, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love dallas fans, i hear alot of redskins fans talking bad about ron springs... oh wait i dont.

Posted by: pcreeldeal2 | November 26, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I could care less about us winning football games right now you idiot, its about a human being and his family. Get a clue.

Posted by: campb2cd | November 26, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

There will always be internet trolls, looking to get a rise out of people. The best strategy is to ignore them. Even those losers who have enough free time to antagonize others by making inflammatory statements won't keep it up if everyone pretends they don't exist.

Ignore the trolls.

Forget about football -- I just hope Sean Taylor survives this.

Posted by: jcabana | November 26, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Never give my name to a human again or I will visit all of you as I have & will visit Mr Taylor again later. I will visit all of you who use my name other then fear No man is or is like me!!

Posted by: Grimreaperismad | November 26, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree, Pull through!

Posted by: pcreeldeal2 | November 26, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

OKAY EVERYONE KNOWS THAT DALLAS HATES US AND WE HATE DALLAS BUT COME ON... SEAN IS SERIOUSLY HURT. INBRED NEEDS TO GO BACK TO THE COUNTRY AND WORRY ABOUT HIS CENTER, WHO CAN'T HIKE FOR NOTHING HOW MANY TIMES DID HE MISS OR HIT ROMO WHEN WE PLAYED LAST WEEKEND????
SHUT UP..INBRED

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 26, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

some people's kids eh?

Posted by: james.harwell | November 26, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

You know, I freakin hate Dallas and especially TO. But when he OD'd last year I remember thinking, man I hope this guy is okay and gets his life together.

It's just a different class of folks up here.

Posted by: smarty_pants | November 26, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Fire Michael Wilbon...


Posted by: tdskinz | November 26, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Inbred I live in Dallas and I can say that you are a pathetic individual and don't represent the majority of Cowboy fans. Regardless of his past this was a man in his home with his family and could happen to anyone here. This transcends football or rivalries and to come to this story and say, "Go Cowboys" or "Go Redskins" is moronic. I pray for Sean to make a full recovery.

Posted by: knightmese | November 26, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

FOOTBALL IS ON HOPLD RIGHT NOW.. ALL ANYONE INCLUDING STUPID IGNORANT DALLAS FANS NEEDS TO BE THINKG ABOUT IS THIS YOUNG FATHER WHOS LIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE RIGHT NOW..

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 26, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I was going to visit Mr Taylor soon anyways. His lifestyle should have warned you but you didnt care about character as long as he was a great player? Sucks that he never was great just a wannabe!

Posted by: Grimreaperismad | November 26, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Wilbon should be fired...but there should be a public apology issued to his family for insinuating that he somehow had this coming.

I think in the forum in which he said what he said he should keep his job. An on-line chat represents his views.

No if he comes out with an article that assumes that he somehow deserved this for his past...then he should go.

Posted by: james.harwell | November 26, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this board got really dark really fast.

Everyone to their corners.

Posted by: gdennie | November 26, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

YOU KNOW WHAT STUPID A** ALL YOU ARE DOING IS MAKING YOURSELF LOOK STUPID IGNORANT, AND GUILTY..

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 26, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Someone should shoot Wilbon...anyone believe in karma? I can't believe a newspaper could even hiring someone like him. It makes the Washington Post incomparable to the Washington Times. What a disgrace Washington Post! Jason La Confora is much better and is more respectable.

Go SKINS!

Michael Rodriguez

Posted by: redskinz56 | November 26, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I want everyone to know that inbred does NOT speak for Dallas fans. I'm a Cowboys fan, but I've been incredibly taken with this story. I have a number of friends and family who love Sean Taylor, and I really do feel connected to him and his status. I've criticized Sean Taylor's football play in the past, and his on the field attitude also -- I said that he's a head hunter, and that he'd rather make the "big play" than make the "smart one." The off the field stuff only mattered in that it confirmed the recklessness I saw between the lines. But he's just a man who plays a game, and last night that man was shot IN HIS OWN HOME WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND AND CHILD WITH HIM, and today he clings to life with everything he can. How that is a mark against his character or is any indication of a 'thug' is beyond me.

Skins, don't get down on Cowboys fans just because of people like inbred. A number of us are decent people.

Posted by: lockdownmb | November 26, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

We just need to ignore these folks...if we respond then they respond back and on we go.

Posted by: james.harwell | November 26, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

U fuc***g sad morons Taylor was a street Punk that Gibbs sold his soul to accept on his football team! And his and your team ive already visited, Your dead as SHI*! Your a DEAD below avg team and feeling sorry for a thug because he played football is pathetic!!

Posted by: Grimreaperismad | November 26, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Redskinz, we're all a little emotional today, and I don't think you meant what you wrote, right?

Posted by: gregmarino88 | November 26, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

HEY INBRED...
meet us REDSKINS fans at FEDEX Field this Sunday and we"ll see if you keep talking! I dare you! We could put you in critical condition if you like how that sound?

Posted by: redskinz56 | November 26, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Like an earlier post said, just ignore him. Or kill him with kindness. You can't change ignorance. You can only feel sorry for it and pray for it. Inbred is only trying to get attention and we keep giving it to him. Don't fall into his trap. We're here cuz we're worried about Sean...let's not let him bring us down. Sean needs all of our positivity. Thanks to the few decent Dallas posters!

Posted by: harrissa | November 26, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't even believe that Inbred (appropriate name) is a Cowboy fan. We on the Cowboys-Forum are praying for Sean and sending him and his family best of wishes. Rivalries are on the field. Off the field we are all God's children.

Posted by: Simon2 | November 26, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU TO THE DECENT FANS OF OTHER TEAMS INCLUDING DALLAS. IT IS NICE TO SEE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE MATURE ENOUGH TO SEE WHEN THE GAME STOPS

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 26, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Nobody feels sorry because you will find out it was his lifestyle that brought this to his home where his family was & then your pathetic pray for him will look as idiotic as your team does on the field!!

Posted by: Grimreaperismad | November 26, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

NO body on any forum is you lying sick redskin fan!!

Posted by: Grimreaperismad | November 26, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I dunno about Wilbon being that off base.

Taylor had his home broken into eight day ago as well.

This does not have the markings of your standard breaking and entering and it does not seem random.

While Wilbon may be premature...even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Posted by: keithrjackson | November 26, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Re: Wilbon, even before his comments earlier today, his reporting and writing has been lazy and ignorant. He's obviously at the point in his career where he's become irrelevant and no longer insightful and has to resort to being loud and angry. I even find him less tolerable than Stephen A. Smith. I wish the Post would rid themselves of this dead wood and promote from within or hire accomplished writers such as Mike Wise.

Posted by: 1buj | November 26, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't get the outrage over Wilbon's comments. They were innocuous.

Posted by: Simon2 | November 26, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

redskin56 Like your pathetic team is in critical condition and your personality!!

Posted by: Grimreaperismad | November 26, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm not defending Wilbon, I'm I've been as "vocal" as anyone here today praising Taylor's life changes. But if someone told you this morning that a Redskin was shot - random or otherwise - and asked you to guess who it was, would Taylor be one of your first guesses? Let's be honest. I mean trouble just seems to "find" certain people, fault or no fault.

Posted by: smarty_pants | November 26, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"This does not have the markings of your standard breaking and entering and it does not seem random."

Posted by: keithrjackson | November 26, 2007 03:15 PM

Uh???....did you get some information that we didn't?

Posted by: james.harwell | November 26, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Football is never on hold and only crybaby excuse makers who drink way to much kool-aide would say that!!

Posted by: Grimreaperismad | November 26, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Dont need information you moron all you need to know is the character of taylor which is scum!!

Posted by: Grimreaperismad | November 26, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

koo-aid how old are you.. do you know sean taylor personally. is that why you think you are right in this

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 26, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

CHECK OUT THE NEXT UPDATE IT SAYS SEAN IS UNCONSIOUS AND UNRESPONSIVE AND HIS DRS ARE WORRIED ABOUT BRAIN INJURY OR DEATH

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 26, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Uh???....did you get some information that we didn't?

Posted by: james.harwell | November 26, 2007 03:18 PM

Nope. Just read the article.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking_news/story/320910.html

Posted by: keithrjackson | November 26, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

poconnor,
I agree, its very odd that the background info the media uses for context is clearly trying to insinuate the present situation was inevitable or deserved.
and
I wouldn't buy any other jerseys if I were you.
Keep fighting Sean.

Posted by: DCee-lo | November 26, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

To Grimreaperismad:
You are sick in the head just like your boy T.O.

Its pointless to even discuss what Sean Taylor's behavior is like on or off the field. You dont have fact and don't even know him personally to back that up. YOu sound just like Wilbon talking without having a reliable source of evidence.

Come to FedEx field and talk crap there...we'll see where you end up as well.

Posted by: redskinz56 | November 26, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I am not a Wilbon fan but he didn't say anything wrong. He expressed his opinion. Isn't he entitled to do that? Why do people here get so bent out of shape when someone says something with which they don't agree? And why engage idiot posters who say vile things? You can't reason with people who didn't get enough hugs or gold stars while growing up.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | November 26, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

It does not sounds good. Dear God, this is so sad.

Posted by: lmgaffney | November 26, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully ST can recover from this terrible incident and go on to live a healthy and prosperous life with or without football. To all the criticizers out there, it's easy to judge when you don't know squat and haven't been through squat in your lives. Wilbon should of saved his remarks until AFTER he knew the situation. It's easy for a pencil neck geek like that to assume things he obviously knows nothing about.

Posted by: ga8085 | November 26, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

To learnedhand1:
it is besides the point as to discuss his behavior on and off the field in this situation especially in that manner. People are making it seem like hes a thug...regardless if he is or isn't you shouldn't discuss that when someone is in his situation!! Its stupid! Only thing that should be discussed is his status and hope for the best! Whether you are a Redskin fan or not! Common sense!

Posted by: redskinz56 | November 26, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I found Wilbons comments rather bitter. I know I have made mistakes in my life and learned from them. Cant Sean Taylor?

If anyone else finds his quick-typed remarks rude, I suggest sending a quick email to his TV employer...http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?page=espncscontact

Posted by: tdskinz | November 26, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, he was in Florida seeking a second opinion from a doctor on his knee.

Link here to the video from ESPN:


http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?videoId=3128088&categoryId=2378529&n8pe6c=2

Posted by: jdeck775 | November 26, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"Now, part of the reason why those injured players are not traveling with the team is to avoid excess travel. No sense constricting legs and ankles and risking swelling to these kind of ligament strains in the air. So, ostensibly, flying would be frowned upon in this case."

It was OK to fly to Miami; but excessive to fly to Tampa ??

Posted by: renostaging2005 | November 26, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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