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Sean Taylor showing good signs

I just got home from Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Ryder Trauma Center where I spoke with family and friends of former Hurricanes safety Sean Taylor, who was shot early Monday morning at his home in Palmetto Bay by intruders.

His father, Pete Taylor, said around 7:30 p.m. tonight that his son is showing good signs, responding to doctors who were asking him to squeeze his hand. He's also moving parts of his face. This is great, great news for Taylor, who was listed in critical condition this afternoon after losing a lot of blood when the artery near his groin was severed.

The fear has been that Taylor lost so much blood it would affect his brain. I'm not a doctor and nor will I pretend to be. But from my conversations with his family today and from what they were hearing from doctors, Taylor was in serious trouble. Several sources told me it did affect his brain. To what extent, we won't know until doctors release that information. I spoke to Taylor's cousin, Anthony Leon Sr. and Anthony Leon Jr., a safety at Florida State as well as his cousin Emory Williams, a defensive tackle who played at Gulliver Prep in 2004 (CHECK OUT SOME AUDIO IN OUR UM AUDIO SECTION). All of them we're pretty worried about Sean and said they were told this would be "a long road back to recovery." But they say Sean is a fighter and will pull through this.

There were dozens of family members and friends at the hospital waiting downstairs for any news including the parents of former Hurricane Antrel Rolle, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, agent Drew Rosenhaus and running back Clinton Portis. Taylor's family said they are greatful for all of the support they are receiving as well as the well wishes.

The more troubling issue for me in all this, is that it is apparent there may have been warning signs this was coming. According to our Herald reporters and police records, someone also broke into Taylor's house between 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 and midnight Sunday Nov. 18, by prying open a front window. No one was home at the time. The burglar entered several rooms in the house, rifled through drawers, and a safe in Taylor's bedroom. The police report says it was ''unknown'' whether anything was taken. In that incident, someone left a kitchen knife on a bed in Taylor's house, according to the police report.

I'm no detective, but those are signs this may have been an attack and not just a robbery. We'll have to wait until Taylor recovers and is able to tell police who his attackers were, if he can remember and if he can describe them. Hopefully, the police will not let this case slip through its fingers the way Bryan Pata's murders remain at large.

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Good stuff Manny! As always!

Thanks bro!

Thanks for the update, Manny. For his girlfriend's and baby's sake, I hope he pulls out of this.

Thanks for the update Manny!! Our prayers are with you Sean. U

Thanks for the update Manny

So true Manny! I wouldn't put too much trust in those cops. Sounds like he was a target. Hopefully he pulls through more importantly.

It is sad that only in situations like this, all fans, ProUM and AntiUM, agree on one thing and that's praying. Just a thought. Best comments of the night came from Sean's dad when he said "I asked the Lord to do his will" Amen.

Sean, you'll be alright

thanks for the updates manny. i've been checking online all day to see updates and hoping for good news. i'm hoping more and more good news can come out!

Thank you Manny. I was thinking the same thoughts about the Pata case today.

Its nice to see all positive comments in support of Sean. He deserves the support of everyone in Miami and Washington.

Be strong Sean, be strong.

Keep us updated Manny.

RIP Sean... you were a warrior on the field trying to change your life off of it, who succumbed to the act of a coward.

Out, out, brief candle, life is just a walking shadow, a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and furry signifying nothing.

-Macbeth

Our prayers are with Sean's Family.

This is a senseless act by a disturbed individual. It sounds fishy that phone lines were cut to the house that night and that there was also a break-in several days ago with a knife left on the bed. I hope his girlfriend and baby daughter have enough to do well. His family, friends, and teammates are in my prayers. This violence has to stop. He was only 24.

premeditated murder

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. for ever and ever. Amen

-God Bless you Sean. We shall all watch you play again someday on the gold streets of Heaven-

Anyone hear something about a bunch of Canes getting the boot from the team?

rip sean

King Canes, the rumor is these guys are gone. With possibly more to follow.

kirby freeman
jerrell mabry
dajleon farr
dimitri stewart
daren daly

any reason given? i assume it would be because of off field issues.

King Canes: pardon the pun ... deadwood

King Canes those guys simply not have a chance of playing anymore at UM and the coaches want the scholarships.

Doug Wiggins will not return to the team.

Charlie Jones will not apply for a medical reshirt and will enter the NFL Draft.

RIP Sean....

Maybe Randy Shannon's message will get through to these boys-- they may come from the rough streets and the gang worlds, but when they get that scholarship and put on the Canes uniform, they have a chance at a new life--- potentially with enough wealth to take care of every family member for life...

They've got to disconnect themselves from that world-- making the Canes is a chance to start life over, with a potential for a very bright future....

That's why RS is as hard as he is, with his "no guns" rules, no "incidents after midnight", etc...

RS came from this world, and i'm sure he's seen many Pata's and Taylors go down, all bright lives cut short.

I still have no idea if RS is the right coach to bring back the Championship to the Canes, but i do know this guy is a good man who cares about making Good Men out of his players......and for that he deserves credit.

R.I.P. #26 U

Sean showed the world how a person truly can turn 180 degrees when they have the proper motivation. Everyone says that he became a man the day his daughter was born.

Bless you and your family Sean.

Damn, this right here put this whole season in prepective for me today. Man fuk football the U could of gone 0-11 for all i care. Im tired of young black men getting killed out here. Its not only athletes miami has become a warzone and it hurts me that another brother has to go so young. They say the good die early but i cant accept this. Last year it was BP dying right before he had a chance to better the life of his mother and today its ST dying right in front of his family. Fuk Fuk FUk this shyt got to stop. my Condolences go out to his family and friends and old teammates. your in a better place because its like hell down here any way. R.I.P in peace Sean Taylor gone but never forgotten.

Manny can you remove the headline (Sean Taylor showing good signs), just doesn't seem right.

RIP Sean Taylor

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