(CNN) -- Brandon Banks, a kick returner for the Washington Redskins, was stabbed in the side early Saturday outside a nightclub in Washington, after coming to the aid of a friend, his agent said.
Banks was admitted to a local hospital and was expected to receive stitches, James Gould, Banks' agent, said in a statement. He was expected to be released soon.
"Brandon's immediate concern is for his life-long friend who is like a brother to him. He would like to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes for him and his life-long friend," Gould said.
Banks' unidentified friend was also admitted to the hospital, but in critical condition.
Area police said they have arrested and charged 24-year-old Jason Dacosta Shorter of Lanham, Maryland, with assault with intent to kill. They did not identify the victims, though Banks' agent confirmed his client was involved in the attack.
"Brandon was not involved in any wrongdoing and was not implicated in any way," Gould said.
Banks signed with the Redskins in May as an undrafted rookie free agent, according to his player biography on the team's website. He had previously played at Kansas State, where he led the Wildcats with 56 catches for 705 yards, it said.