Knife 'nicked' lung of Brandon Banks

The agent for Washington Redskins return man Brandon Banks announced that his client has been transferred from a D.C. hospital to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, four days after he was stabbed in a fight outside a night club.

James Gould originally described Banks’ injury as a superficial wound, and said he would be released from the hospital last weekend. Banks has a tube in his left chest to prevent his lung from collapsing, and it turns out he will be under hospital care for at least a week.

“The knife nicked his lung creating a pneunomothorax condition,” Gould said in a statement released by the Redskins. “He still has a chest tube inserted and it will remain until the wound heals and the lung remains inflated.

“We are hopeful that the tube will be removed by Friday, and if the lung does not respond then a commonly performed procedure using a scope will be performed to repair the lung. Brandon should be released within 48 hours afterward. We expect 100 percent recovery where he can resume his offseason training in two to four weeks.

“We were hopeful that the tube would have been removed this past Monday, but the lung would not remain inflated. Brandon is in good spirits, especially after speaking with his friend, Christopher Nixon. Brandon would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Howard University Hospital for their care and appreciates the outpouring of love and support from his fans, teammates and the Redskins family.”

Nixon, Banks’ accomplice, suffered more serious wounds when he was stabbed in the face and chest.

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