...Redskins safety Sean Taylor was fined $17,000 for spitting in the face of Bucs running back Michael Pittman in Saturday's 17-10 win over Tampa Bay. The fine was the amount of the playoff game check Taylor would have received. Taylor has told teammates and coaches that he did not spit in Pittman's face, though an official was standing only a few feet away.
''We understand the penalty and we understand why someone was taken out of the game,'' Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said.
Taylor will not be suspended for Saturday's divisional playoff game at Seattle
...Corner Shawn Springs told reporters again today that he would practice Tuesday and expects to play Saturday. Springs has been very buoyant the past couple days in anticipation of this game. It's not about returning to the city where he once played. It's because of the opportunity the Redskins have.
...ESPN was in town today, along with a reporter from Seattle. Coach Joe Gibbs' Monday press conference was moved from the media room, which is crowded for a regular-season press conference, to the auditorium. We counted eight TV cameras in attendance, plus a dozen or so reporters. It'll get much worse Tuesday, typically a day off for the players but because Washington is leaving Thursday, it becomes like a Wednesday for the players. Got it? That means heavy media sessions.
...Six Redskins received votes for the All-Pro team, with receiver Santana Moss finishing as the No. 3 receiver behind Carolina's Steve Smith and Cincinnati's Chad Johnson. Jon Jansen was fourth among tackles, one spot ahead of Chris Samuels; Cornelius Griffin was 10th among defensive tackles; Sean Taylor was seventh among safeties and Marcus Washington was seventh among outside linebackers.
...End Renaldo Wynn remained in a local hospital today, but is expected to be released Wednesday and the team wants him to attend the game in Seattle. They also want Randy Thomas and David Patten to go as well. Thomas went to the Tampa game. Injured players often stay in town.
...Kudos to Dan Snyder's wife, Tanya, for accompanying Renaldo Wynn to a hospital in Tampa after he got hurt. She stayed with him the whole time; says a lot.