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Brandon Banks Stabbing Suspect Off Electronic Monitoring

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    Brandon Banks's agent said his injuries won't affect his playing career.

    A man accused of stabbing Washington Redskins kick returner Brandon Banks in an altercation outside a nightclub has been released from electronic monitoring.

    At a hearing in Superior Court in Washington Wednesday, a judge agreed to remove 24-year-old Jason Shorter, of Lanham, Md., from electronic monitoring and allow him to remain free until a May 18 preliminary hearing. Shorter was charged in February with assault with a dangerous weapon after an altercation outside The Park on 14th Street in downtown D.C. Banks and his friend Christopher Nixon were stabbed during the brawl.

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    Banks and Nixon hadn’t entered the nightclub when they encountered Shorter at about 3 a.m. Feb. 12. Review of security video showed Nixon throwing a punch after Shorter allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket, opened it and, according to court documents, "armed himself by holding it behind his back."

    After the punch was thrown, a club bouncer stepped in, but Shorter reached over the bouncer and attacked Nixon with the knife, according to court documents.

    Banks suffered a collapsed lung and remained in the hospital until Feb. 18.

    Banks's agent said at the time that the stab wound would not have any effect on Banks's career.