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Bears rookie fined for hitting Griese

By wire services
Published October 29, 2004

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - 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.

Harris said Thursday he plans to appeal the fine, his second of the season.

Harris was offside on the play and officials whistled action dead when he came in unabated toward Griese. Harris pushed Griese to the ground and drew a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.

Harris maintains he never heard a whistle and accused Griese of theatrics.

"I thought the play was still going and I pushed him and he did a little acting, or whatever, and so they're taking $5,000 from my account," Harris said.

'Skins rookie arrested

ASHBURN, Va. - The tumultuous rookie season of Redskins safety Sean Taylor hit a new low in the early hours Thursday when he was arrested for drunken driving.

The No. 5 overall draft pick from Miami then compounded his ordeal by keeping the Redskins guessing his whereabouts until well after practice. He entered the team facility 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 Packers.

EAGLES: With leading rusher Brian Westbrook likely out of Sunday's game against Baltimore with a cracked rib, 34-year-old backup Dorsey Levens will start.

JAGUARS: Running back Fred Taylor, who sat out drills Wednesday with a strained quadriceps muscle, returned to practice and expects to play at Houston this week.

PACKERS: The team's top three offensive performers missed practice again as quarterback Brett Favre, running back Ahman Green and lineman Marco Rivera were on the sideline. Favre's right hand is swollen and black and blue after he sprained it Sunday against Dallas. Rivera has a sprained ankle, and Green a sore Achilles' tendon.

PANTHERS: Special teams ace Jarrod Cooper was waived after police issued an arrest warrant alleging he gave false information to an officer. Cooper has been charged twice in the past three years with driving while impaired.

RAVENS: All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden signed a new seven-year contract, which should allow the seven-time Pro Bowler to finish his career with the Ravens.

TITANS: Quarterback Steve McNair exercised and stretched with trainers, but was not able to practice with the Titans because of a bruised sternum.

VIKINGS: Receiver Randy Moss will definitely suit up for Sunday's game against the Giants despite a hamstring injury, coach Mike Tice said.

L.A. FRANCHISE: The NFL hopes by next May to select a site for a potential franchise in the Los Angeles area. Team owners spent about 40 minutes discussing four proposed venues for a team in L.A.: the Coliseum, the Rose Bowl and sites in Anaheim and Carson.

[Last modified October 28, 2004, 23:50:16]


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