Oct. 29, 2004 | Skins' Taylor stopped for DUI

 

The tumultuous rookie season of Washington Redskins rookie Sean Taylor hit a new low in the early hours Thursday when he was arrested on a drunken driving charge.

The No. 5 overall draft pick from Miami then compounded his ordeal by keeping the Redskins guessing his whereabouts until he arrived at Redskins Park in the afternoon, well after the team's practice. He entered the building through a back door and met with coach Joe Gibbs. Several hours later, the team released a one-sentence statement announcing the 21-year-old safety would be inactive for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. Gibbs was not available for comment after the meeting.

Taylor was stopped by a state trooper at about 2:45 a.m., on Washington's Interstate 495 beltway. Lt. Harry Newlin of the Virginia State Police said the officer suspected Taylor had been drinking.

Taylor was held for four hours in the Fairfax County Jail and released on a $5,000 bond at 10 a.m.

Taylor is due in court Dec. 1. A first offense is punishable by up to one year in prison and-or a $2,500 fine. A conviction would also merit disciplinary action by the NFL.

Taylor has made headlines for all the wrong reasons from the week he was drafted in April.

He left the NFL's mandatory rookie symposium early and was fined $25,000. He showed up at his first minicamp wearing shorts that were so baggy they kept falling to his knees. His vision was impaired temporarily at a later minicamp when a pile of shaving gel was squirted into his face by linebacker LaVar Arrington in a wayward prank.

AROUND THE LEAGUE * Vikings: Receiver Randy Moss will suit up for Minnesota's game against the New York Giants this weekend despite a hamstring injury, coach Mike Tice said. Tice still wouldn't say what kind of role Moss would play.

Moss made a token start last week against Tennessee to keep his consecutive games streak alive at 102, but was limited to two snaps of decoy duty.

* Panthers: Special-teams standout Jarrod Cooper was waived after police issued an arrest warrant alleging he gave false information to an officer.

* Ravens: All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden signed a seven-year contract.

* Bears: Rookie defensive tackle Tommie Harris was fined $5,000 for knocking Bucs quarterback Brian Griese to the ground Sunday during a dead ball situation.

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