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Redskins Hold Prayer Service For Hixon

Redskins administrators, coaches and staff members held a prayer gathering Friday morning at Redskins Park for Drew Hixon, the son of Redskins wide receivers coach Stan Hixon.

The younger Hixon remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla. A wide receiver at Tennessee Tech University, Hixon suffered a head injury at the end of a play during a game between Tennessee Tech and University of South Florida last weekend.

Stan Hixon flew to Miami last Saturday evening and was not in attendance at last Sunday's game against Tampa Bay at FedExField.

Gibbs and many members of his coaching staff attended this morning's prayer session, which was held in the auditorium at Redskin Park.

Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins' Vice President of Football Operations, also attended. He has been in close contact with Stan Hixon ever since the injury.

Directing the Friday morning service were Redskins team chaplains Lee Corder, Brett Fuller, Jerry Leachman and Darryl Morrison.

Drew Hixon, 22, was a regular presence during Redskins training camp this year. He helped his father for several weeks until he reported to Tennessee Tech's preseason workouts in mid-August.

At a press conference Thursday in Tampa, Stan Hixon said he and his family are optimistic Drew will recover. He had not regained consciousness, as of Friday morning.

"We're looking forward to his recovery," Stan Hixon told reporters at the news conference. Maintaining a watch on Drew in addition to his father are his mother Rebecca and his sister Avis.

"It's day to day. It could be week to week," Stan Hixon said of the outlook for his son.

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