Brandon Banks considers himself 90% healthy, three months after stabbing.

7/25/11 in NFL   |   michaelquinto2   |   27 respect

Receiver for Washington Redskins, Brandon Banks, considers himself almost fit to return to the first team three months after his tragic stabbing.

It was a good sight to see the player back on the field and he has been seen working out with his colleagues in Virginia. The player was stabbed outside a night club three months ago in the the Capital but seems to have recovered well.

The stabbing resulted in a collapsed lung Banks had to spend five days in the hospital. The receiver was given a tube in his chest while the doctors did what they could to repair the damage done to his lungs. Banks, however, has spent a whole rookie season with the Washington Redskins and looks forward to getting back to the pitch. It seems that the player is ready to put the tragic incident behind him and get back to doing what he loves most; play football.

“Just a victim. There’s always somebody trying to bring you down but if you love the game and love what you do, nobody can stop you,” stated the 23-year old.  The player added that he is 90% and his past injuries and pains have helped him bounce back from this almost fatal injury. He vowed to be a better person and a better player.

"I’ve been in tough situations before. I’ve lost loved ones. I’ve been hurt before. I’ve been in troubling situations before. It’s another hurdle to jump. Hopefully, I don’t have to jump another hurdle," stated the player.

Teammate London Fletcher, however, stated that the stabbing was partly Brandon’s fault but was happy to see his friend back in the ranks.

 “He’s had enough people tell him what to do and what not to do but it’s more about supporting him and letting him know, ‘Hey, be wiser about some of the things you do and places you go because there are a lot of people who don’t have your best interests at hand,’” stated Fletcher, who plays as a linebacker for the Redskins.

Fletcher added that the stabbing can help Banks to become a better player in the future and stated that Brandon would be completely focused on getting his form and fitness back.

“You start to look at your life differently and all of the things that are important to you. … I know he’s grateful for the opportunity to be here and be in the NFL,” added Fletcher.

Banks has successfully played in all of the 4 games in the pre-season for the Redskins and in the National Football League. The player has managed 8 receptions for 129 yards, along with three fumbles and one loss. While playing a regular season, Banks appeared in 13 games, none of which were starts. 

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