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Banks Recovering After Incident At D.C. Nightclub

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Wide receiver Brandon Banks was hospitalized early on Saturday morning after he was injured defending a friend against a knife-wielding assailant.

Banks was expected to be released from the hospital within 24 hours.

The following statement was released by James Gould, the agent for Banks, on Saturday afternoon:

"Early this morning, Brandon Banks was injured outside of a nightclub in Washington, D.C., while coming to the aid of a life-long friend, who was attacked by an assailant who was wielding a knife.

"His friend was critically wounded and was taken to a local hospital where surgery was performed.

"Brandon was injured by the assailant with a surface knife wound on his side which will require stitches. He is recovering in a local hospital and is expected to be released within 24 hours.

"Brandon was not involved in any wrongdoing and was not implicated in any way.

"Brandon's immediate concern is for his life-long friend who is like a brother to him. He would like to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes for him and his life-long friend."

Banks just completed his rookie season with the Redskins. He served as the team's primary kick and punt returner.

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