The tumultuous rookie season of Washington Redskins rookie Sean Taylor hit a new low in the early hours yesterday when he was arrested on a drunken driving charge.
The No. 5 overall draft pick from Miami then kept 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.
Gibbs had already said it was "very unlikely" the 21-year-old safety will play in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.
Taylor was stopped by a state trooper at about 2:45 a.m. EDT, on Washington's Interstate 495 beltway. Lieutenant Harry Newlin of the Virginia State Police said the officer suspected Taylor had been drinking.
Former NFL player Justin Strzelczyk did not have alcohol or drugs in his system when he died after leading police on a highway chase in upstate New York, said authorities in Herkimer, N.Y.
State police initially believed the former University of Maine and Steelers offensive lineman was intoxicated, saying he threw a beer bottle out the window during the pursuit. State police investigator James Hunt said troopers have since confirmed it was a plastic soda bottle.
Strzelczyk, 36, died Sept. 30 after his pickup truck slammed into a tanker truck and exploded after a 90-mile-per-hour chase along the New York State Thruway.
Levens gets call
With leading rusher Brian Westbrook likely out of Sunday's game against Baltimore with a cracked rib, the Eagles will go with Dorsey Levens. It's Levens's first start since Dec. 16, 2001, in his final season with Green Bay . . . Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair exercised and stretched with trainers, but was not able to practice because of a bruised sternum. If McNair sits out Sunday against Cincinnati, backup Billy Volek will make his second start this month . . . The Carolina Panthers waived special teams standout Jarrod Cooper after police issued an arrest warrant alleging he gave false information to an officer Oct 22. Cooper has been charged twice in the past three years with driving while impaired . . . After watching his beloved Red Sox win the World Series the night before, Giants center Wayne Lucier, a Salem, N.H., resident, had something else to be cheerful about. The second-year offensive lineman was working with the first team, with the status of starting center Shaun O'Hara (viral infection) in doubt for Sunday's game at Minnesota . . . Vikings receiver Randy Moss will definitely suit up against the Giants despite a hamstring injury, coach Mike Tice said. Tice wouldn't say what role Moss would play. Moss strained his right hamstring Oct. 17 at New Orleans . . . Chicago Bears rookie defensive tackle Tommie Harris was fined $5,000 for knocking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brian Griese to the ground last Sunday during a dead ball situation. Harris said he plans to appeal the fine, his second of the season . . . Left tackle Jonathan Ogden, a seven-time Pro Bowler, signed a seven-year contract with the Ravens.