In May, Doughty was excused from the Redskins' final practice of minicamp because Micah had a high temperature. Micah has improved so much in the last few weeks that "he's playing with other kids now," Doughty said. "My niece and nephew, my brother's whole family is here, and this is first time since he got the transplant that he's with another child.
"It's been three months now [since the transplant]. As long as the kids aren't sick, and we know who they are, it's okay. He's having a blast."
Doughty, a sixth-round draft pick in 2006, has emerged as a key player for the Redskins while coping with his Micah's health issues. Micah was born nearly six weeks prematurely and had experienced chronic kidney failure, which required him to take a variety of medication and undergo dialysis each night at the Doughtys' home. With Micah doing so well, Doughty, considered one of the hardest workers on the team, has taken a leadership role in workouts that end tomorrow.
"He's definitely one of the guys that I look to," defensive lineman Lorenzo Alexander said recently. "He just goes out there and tries to do it the right way."
The Redskins have told the agents for several draft picks that they expect to exchange initial contract proposals as soon as next week, according to league sources. With 10 draft picks to sign and a roster that is at the limit of 80 signed players, the team will have to make a series of cuts as picks sign. The team has told the agents they want to complete this final series of organized team activities -- which end tomorrow -- and evaluate the roster before beginning contract talks. The 80-man offseason roster limit is a new wrinkle, and with the dissolution of NFL Europe (and those roster exemptions) teams must make tough decisions about the roster much earlier than in the past.