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Taylor Arrested On DWI Charge

"We talk about stuff like this way before it happens," Daniels said. "And for it to happen is a slap in the face. But if you look at every team across this league, there's no team that's perfect. Sean is a good guy."

The arrest is only the latest controversy for Taylor. Two days after the April draft, Taylor fired agent Drew Rosenhaus. Taylor was fined $25,000 by the NFL for leaving a mandatory rookie symposium in June. In late July, Taylor fired his new agents, Eugene Mato and Jeff Moorad, because of unhappiness over a seven-year, incentive-laden contract potentially worth $40 million that they negotiated. Taylor subsequently rehired Rosenhaus, who did not return two calls yesterday.


Coach Joe Gibbs talks to reporters about Sean Taylor on Thursday. Taylor will be inactive for Sunday's game. (Larry Morris - The Washington Post)



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A few Redskins players, including wide receiver Laveranues Coles and linebacker LaVar Arrington, said they intended to counsel Taylor, who had never lived outside Miami before moving to Washington.

"Now, it's not about the situation that has happened," Arrington said. "It's about how he's going to handle it. It can be a blessing in disguise because now it's a wakeup call -- make him focus a little bit more.

"He's a great kid. That doesn't change because he's made a mistake. A lot of people can get caught up into that nightlife in Washington D.C. There's a lot of beautiful women in this city."

Cornerback Fred Smoot said: "There's a lot in this city for a rookie to be exposed to. I'm sure the rookies in Green Bay or Kansas City don't have the same problem."

Gibbs addressed the team before practice about the Taylor situation. The Redskins had a characteristically spirited practice, and players and coaches said that Taylor's arrest wasn't a distraction. Taylor arrived at Redskins Park later in the afternoon, entering and departing through a back door to avoid reporters.

In Taylor's place, Andre Lott is expected to start next to strong safety Ryan Clark. But Williams is known for rotating players. "If you make the active squad, you're a starter," Williams said. "We play a lot of people."

Staff writers Jason La Canfora and Fred Barbash contributed to this report.


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