Jaguars' Collier still in critical condition after shooting
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Clint Ingram spent about 14 hours at the hospital Tuesday, waiting with teammates, coaches, and Richard Collier's family and friends.
He didn't get any of the answers he wanted.
"I just really want to know how he's feeling, you know, and go in there and maybe whisper something in his ear to let him know we're behind him," Ingram said yesterday.
Collier remained in critical condition a day after getting shot in the front seat of his Cadillac Escalade. The Jaguars, meanwhile, returned to practice still thinking about their teammate who was fighting for his life.
The 26-year-old offensive tackle and former teammate Kenneth Pettway were waiting for two women outside an apartment complex early Tuesday when a gunman fired into the vehicle, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Collier was shot several times, but it was unclear where the 6-foot-7-inch, 345-pound lineman was hit. Pettway was not injured.
Collier had surgery at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, and updates on his condition have been scarce because family members requested privacy. Coach Jack Del Rio said yesterday that Collier was still in critical condition.
Del Rio also said the Jaguars were trying to get back into their routine in preparation for Sunday's season opener at Tennessee.
"We've got to handle it and then we've got to move on," Del Rio said. "That's what we're going to do, that's what we have to do."
He's no bellhopDetroit running back Rudi Johnson said the player who was waived to make room for him on the Lions' roster - Tatum Bell - took his luggage from team headquarters.
"All this happened when he got released," Johnson said. "He came in to get some stuff out of his locker and that's when he scooped up the bags."
After being cut by the Bengals, Johnson came to Detroit to work out for the team and meet with Lions president Matt Millen Monday. During the meeting, which ended with Johnson agreeing to a free agent contract, the two
Team security director Ricky Sandoval showed Johnson footage from the team's surveillance system Tuesday.
"I got the bags back - empty," Johnson said. "So he's got a bunch of my underclothes. What he's going to do with that, I don't know."
Johnson said he was also still missing about $200 in cash along with his ID and the credit cards.