Troubled Taylor

Redskins safety Sean Taylor has done a lot of things since coming to the NFL, some of which have made him look bad. Finally, he did something that not only made himself look bad, it embarrassed the Redskins. And that's what has landed him in trouble.

Taylor was arrested early Thursday morning for DUI after being stopped for speeding. He refused a breathalyzer, was arrested and later released on bond. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said it's unlikely Taylor will play Sunday against Green Bay. But, as of early Thursday night, the Redskins had not yet determined what, if any, further punishment they would take.

Taylor was at Redskins Park today, meeting with Gibbs and assistant head coach for defense Gregg Williams. But Taylor did not attend practice.

''It's disheartening,'' Gibbs said. ''You don't like to see anybody in trouble and you don't like to see a team suffer. It's something I wish wouldn't have happened, but it did happen and now we have to deal with it.

''On this team, we have some of the neatest people I've ever been around. Great character guys and guys that care a lot about the team. I hurt for the team.''

The Redskins have interchangeable parts in the secondary, thanks in part to Williams' scheme. Andre Lott should return this week and Ryan Clark started against the Bears. Todd Franz also has experience. However, that's not exactly the group you want to defend against Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre. Williams also talked about having corners who could play some safety roles, and vice versa. One corner who fits that description is Shawn Springs, whose future in a few years could include safety anyway.

But the Redskins also need to take care of Taylor. They have a lot invested in him. He's struggling to live up to that investment.

''It's about how he handles it,'' Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington said. ''That's the biggest thing. It can be a blessing in disguise. Now it's a wakeup call and will make him focus more. That's the way I look at it. I have a lot riding on this rookie. I hope he gets himself together.''


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