Redskins safety Sean Taylor shot, in critical condition

By: The Associated Press / Sports Ticker
By: The Associated Press / Sports Ticker

Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was shot and wounded early Monday morning at his suburban Miami residence, the team announced.

Taylor, 24, is in critical condition and is currently undergoing emergency surgery at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The Redskins have not disclosed any further details regarding Taylor's medical status, although the team did say that Miami Dade police currently are investigating the shooting.

Taylor was shot in the leg by an intruder attempting to break into his home in Palmetto Bay, a suburb of Miami. The bullet struck Taylor's femoral artery, causing the Pro Bowl defensive back to lose a great deal of blood.

Police arrived at Taylor's home at approximately 1:45 a.m. EST after his girlfriend made an emergency 911 phone call reporting the shooting. Taylor was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial with a gunshot round to the groin.

Several Redskins players addressed the media Monday afternoon, offering their support and prayers for Taylor.

"It's an unfortunate situation," Redskins running back Clinton Portis said. "It's hard. How can you deal with it? It's hard. There's nothing we can do. All we can think about is if he had been with us on the flight to Tampa, if he was at the game with us, then he would not have been in that situation.

"At the same time, I think that it was God's plan. You can't divert or change God's plan. Sean is a tough guy, and I believe he will pull through this."

A former star at the University of Miami, Taylor has had several run-ins with the law over the last four years and also has been fined seven times during his professional career for late hits and other on-field infractions.

But Portis, who also played with Taylor at Miami, said his collegiate and pro teammate changed his life following the birth of his daughter last year.

"Ever since Sean had his little girl, it was like a new Sean," Portis said. "He was always smiling, always happy, always talking about his child. It was good to see Sean walk by smiling.

"Now all of a sudden, his back is up against the wall, our backs are up against the wall."

Taylor has missed the Redskins' last two games while nursing a sprained right knee. The former first-round draft pick has recorded 42 tackles and a team-leading five interceptions in nine games this season.

The fifth overall selection in the 2004 draft, Taylor has 306 tackles and 12 interceptions in parts of four seasons with the Redskins.

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