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REDSKINS TELL TAYLOR TO STAY AWAY SUNDAY

A day after skipping practice following his arrest on a drunken driving charge, Washington Redskins rookie safety Sean Taylor was granted an excused absence Friday. In fact, the team told him to stay away until Monday.

Taylor will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, the fallout from being charged with driving under the influence and refusing a Breathalyzer test after being stopped by a Virginia trooper early Thursday.

Taylor was not at Redskins Park for Friday's practice. Coach Joe Gibbs said the No. 5 overall draft pick will not be at Saturday's walk-through or Sunday's game.

"He's not going to play this weekend," Gibbs said. "It'd be better for the rest of us to spend the rest of the week concentrating on Green Bay."

AROUND THE LEAGUE

The Arizona Cardinals reassigned offensive line coach Bob Wylie to scouting duties and promoted first-year assistant Everett Lindsay. There was no word Friday from Cardinals head coach Dennis Green on why the switch was made heading into Sunday's game at Buffalo.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss was upgraded to probable for Sunday's game against the New York Giants after participating in an entire practice for the first time in nearly two weeks. Moss strained his right hamstring in a win at New Orleans on Oct. 17.

Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor was upgraded to probable and should start at Houston despite a leg injury.

Injuries again kept Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair (chest) and running back Chris Brown (turf toe) out of practice, casting doubt on their availability Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson (strained groin) practiced and is expected to start against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

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