Reed Doughty Update/Final Mini Camp Notes
Safety Reed Doughty's thoughts were often with his 10-month-old son, Micah, this weekend. Micah, who was born six weeks premature and needs to add four pounds before he can receive a kidney transplant, will likely need another surgery soon following a urinary problem.
Micah also had to be hospitalized this weekend due to an infection, Doughty said, but should be released Monday. Doughty has been back and forth to the hospital, with his wife, Katie, is staying with Micah at all times.
"Saturday was our anniversary and today is Father's Day, so it's been a tough weekend," Reed Doughty said. "But my wife says he's been real happy and honestly he feels pretty good, but he had that infection. I'm just praying that he can really start to eat well, because he just doesn't like to eat and the faster eh can grow the faster we can put the problem behind us."
Mini Camp Stuff:
Coach Joe Gibbs said his 2-year-old grandson, Taylor, will begin a phase of rigorous cancer treatment Monday. Gibbs intends to spend as much time as possible between now and July 27th - the day players report for training camp - with his family. "He's my hero," Gibbs said of Taylor ... Gibbs said that the nature of training camp will not be dramatically different than in years, although several players said they are banking on more two-a-day sessions following last year's 5-11 finish. "We need to come back and straighten this thing out," Gibbs said ...
Gibbs said that 39 players had 100 percent participation for every aspect of the voluntary offseason program ... Gibbs said he was pleased with the progress made by backup quarterback Mark Brunell, who is recovering from labrum surgery ... Cornerback Shawn Springs was excused from a final day of mini camp to be with his newborn son, who was re-admitted to the hospital with jaundice this weekend but is expected to be fine ... Rookie safety LaRon Landry missed all three sessions this weekend after suffering a bruised groin in a team paintball outing Wednesday ... There was a mild scrum late in yesterday's practice, with tackle Jon Jansen and defensive tackle Kedric Golston the primary combatants at the bottom of a pile on, but nothing major. There was as scuffle between Jansen and Golston at training camp last summer as well. "Boys will be boys," defensive lineman Anthony Montgomery said. "That's the perfect way to end mini camp."
Again, Happy Father's Day All. I am working through next week, and will do a few more Skins stories for the paper next week, and will blog as well before vacation.
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