Washington Redskins: Brandon Banks Injury More Serious Than Originally Reported

Kelso CarpenterContributor IFebruary 16, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Wide receiver Brandon Banks #16 of the Washington Redskins runs with the ball after a reception past Matt Ware #22 of the Arizona Cardinals during preseason NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 20-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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This Brandon Banks situation is getting more interesting by the day.  Each morning, newspaper headlines read "Banks Still in the Hospital, Expected to be Released Soon."  Day after day, the same thing is being reported.

So why is he still in the hospital?

Just after 3:00 AM Saturday morning, Banks was involved in an altercation outside of a bar in D.C.  He and his friend, Christopher Nixon, got into a verbal argument that turned physical with Jason Shorter.

There have been conflicting reports as to who actually started the fight, but according to D.C. Police, video surveillance shows all three men engaged in a heated confrontation. 

Shorter took the fight to the next level by pulling out a knife, stabbing Nixon in the face and chest, and catching Banks in the upper-left abdomen.

Banks' injury was originally reported to be a "superficial wound," only requiring a "few stitches," according to his agent, James Gould.

Just a few hours after the incident, Gould stated that Banks was expected to be released from the hospital in the near future.

When that didn't happen, Gould said Banks would be released sometime on Sunday. Then Monday. Then it was Tuesday. 

And here we are, Wednesday morning, and Banks is still in the hospital. 

Now there are reports that doctors have inserted a tube into Banks' chest to prevent his left lung from collapsing.

It appears that his injury is much more significant than "superficial."  A four-night stay in a hospital would indicate that the stab wound Banks suffered was in fact, quite serious.

Hopefully, there will be no lasting damage to his body. 

But this does call into question the communication between doctors, Banks' agent, and the Washington Redskins, as well as the dissemination of that information to the public.

When told of the tube being inserted into Banks' chest, Redskins PR Director, Tony Whyllie was quoted in saying "You've got to be kidding me." 

Banks has been known as quite the party animal since his arrival in the NFL.  Throughout the season, his Twitter page was often the topic of unwanted attention, mainly because most of his tweets had to do with what club he was going to, who he was going with, and recounts of all the crazy things he was seeing and doing.

It appears his Twitter account has been deactivated.

NFL players are grown men and should be able to go wherever they please with whomever they want.  But there's no question that these guys are "targets" wherever they go.

They've got plenty of money, plenty of fame, and 3:00 AM outside of a bar probably isn't the safest environment to find oneself in.