Dixon suspended without pay

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants announced today that wide receiver Ron Dixon has been suspended without pay for one week for conduct detrimental to the team. Dixon, who has missed three of the last four games with a knee injury, has been late for team meetings, missed scheduled treatments with the team's medical staff and failed to show up for scheduled doctors' appointments.

This is the second time Dixon has been suspended by the team. As a rookie in 2000, he was suspended for a Dec. 10 game against Pittsburgh after arriving late for a walk-through the day prior to the game. Before his NFL regular-season debut on Sept. 3, 2000, Dixon was fined by coach Jim Fassel after oversleeping and missing a team meeting.

Because he is a repeat offender, Fassel chose to suspend him again. The suspension began this morning. Dixon will miss this week's home game against Dallas and cannot re-join the team until next Wednesday.

"My philosophy is always to treat the players fairly, and given Ron's track record, this penalty is more than fair," Fassel said. "I expect our players to be disciplined on and off the field. This is the only way to reinforce that message, given the circumstances."

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