Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor is in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida today after being shot in his Miami-area home early this morning.
The former All-American and Pro Bowler was shot just before 2 a.m. as a result of a possible burglary attempt, authorities said. Taylor was shot in the leg and damaged his femoral artery, resulting in major blood loss leaving him "nonresponsive and unconscious" said to his lawyer Richard Sharpstein.
Taylor has been at his home in Palmetto Bay, Fla. nursing a knee injury for the past few weeks. Eight days ago, Taylor’s home was burglarized with the house empty. A kitchen knife was left on a bed in the house, and Taylor was allowed to miss a team meeting this week due to this situation.
The safety is a four year veteran and was the 5th overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft. He has had an up and down career with numerous problems on and off the field.
Taylor has been fined on a number of occasions, including spitting in the face of Buccaneers player Michael Pittman in 2006. He was also charged with a felony in 2005 after beating a man with a gun.
Opposing these problems are a 2006 Pro Bowl appearance and a reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL. He also is the team leader in interceptions with five despite missing two games.
Miami-Dade police are continuing to investigate and no word has been released about any possibly suspects.