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REDSKINS' TAYLOR ARRESTED

Washington Redskins rookie Sean Taylor was arrested on a drunken driving charge early Thursday.

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.

"He failed some field sobriety tests, was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence," Newlin said. "He refused a breath test, so he was charged with driving under the influence and refusal of a breath test."

Taylor was held for four hours in the Fairfax County Jail and released on a $5,000 bond at 10 a.m. His mug shot shows him wearing a black T-shirt with two star-shaped earrings.

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.

"It's unfortunate, but we're a family here, and we'll stick behind Sean," linebacker Marcus Washington said.

Levens to start for Eagles

PHILADELPHIA -- Dorsey Levens was ready to call it a career. He barely played last year with the New York Giants and there was little demand for a 34-year-old backup.

But when Philadelphia running back Correll Buckhalter went down in the preseason with a season-ending injury, coach Andy Reid reached out to Levens. With leading rusher Brian Westbrook likely out of Sunday's game against Baltimore with a cracked rib, it's Levens' turn to start.

"At my age and position, it's just not a likely scenario at this point," Levens said. "But it's here and it's time to go."

It's Levens' first start since Dec. 16, 2001, in his final season with Green Bay.

Around the league

The NFL hopes by next May to select a site for a potential franchise in the Los Angeles area. Team owners and representatives spent about 40 minutes at the league's fall meetings discussing four proposed venues: the Coliseum, the Rose Bowl and sites in Anaheim and Carson.

Vikings receiver Randy Moss will definitely suit up for Minnesota's game against the New York Giants this weekend despite a hamstring injury, coach Mike Tice said.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (hand), running back Ahman Green (Achilles' tendon) and lineman Marco Rivera (ankle) sat out of practice.

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

All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden signed a new seven-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

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