Kentwan Balmer, (likely soon to be ex-) defensive end for the Washington Redskins, is missing, at least to the Redskins coaching staff. He hasn't shown up for training camp practices two days in a row.
Redskins officials found his hotel room cleared out, save for one Redskins sweatshirt. Teammate Lorenzo Alexander says that Balmer simply "decided to leave."
Here's what Mike Shanahan had to say on Thursday afternoon:
"Haven't found anything out yet. If you get a hold of him, let me know," Shanahan said. "You're always concerned. You're just hoping he's OK. He cleared everything out of the hotel, and that usually means, at least from my past experience, is that the guy doesn't want to play football anymore."
Yeah, I'd say that's a pretty safe bet. At the very least, he doesn't want to play football anymore for the Redskins. And that's fine — not everyone has to play football. Not everyone wants to play football. I don't want to play football. Just, maybe, you know … leave a note.
Balmer's actually done this before. In 2010, he walked out of 49ers camp. They ended up trading him to the Seahawks, where he started 11 games in his best year as a professional. Since being drafted in 2008, he's been on four different teams (though he never actually played a down for Carolina).
As Shanahan said, the important thing is just that he's OK, football or no football. Let's hope he lets someone know soon.