- The Washington Times - Friday, January 27, 2006

Sean Taylor now faces three felony counts of aggravated assault which could put the Washington Redskins’ standout safety behind bars for 46 years, as first reported in yesterday’s edition of The Washington Times.

At a hearing yesterday in Miami in advance of Taylor’s March 20 trial date, state’s attorney Michael Grieco divided the original felony assault charge into three, each of which carries a minimum of three years and a maximum of 15 years. Taylor is also charged with one simple battery misdemeanor count that could cost him a year of prison time.

All of the charges stem from a June 1 incident in which the 22-year-old Taylor purportedly fired shots at three men whom he believed had stolen two of his all-terrain vehicles.

Taylor’s attorney, Edward Carhart, was baffled by the prosecution’s late change in plans.

“The state has had this case since June and now they’re filing these added charges?,” Carhart complained. “It’s bizarre.”

Taylor has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $16,500 bond.

While Taylor, who returned fumbles for touchdowns in the regular season and in the playoffs — both team firsts since 1999 — suffered a legal setback, return specialist Antonio Brown was assigned by the Redskins to NFL Europe.

Brown, whose kickoff return touchdown beat Arizona on Dec. 11, will be joined by defensive tackle Aki Jones, who played in four games as an undrafted rookie in 2005.

Receivers Steven Harris and Richard Smith, tight end Calen Powell and running back Jonathan Combs — who all spent time on Washington’s practice squad last season — also were allocated to NFL Europe along with defensive back Aric Williams and kicker Tyler Jones, both new signees.

The Redskins also signed safety Curry Burns and offensive linemen Jon Alston and Jim Jones from the practice squad as well as receivers Ataveus Cash and Ron Johnson, running backs Kerry Carter and Jesse Lumdsen, quarterback Casey Bramlet, offensive lineman Jonta Woodard, defensive end Karon Riley, linebacker Jashon Sykes and defensive back Lashaun Ward.

Also, the NFL released an updated draft order that gives the Redskins the 22nd pick in each round. Since Washington traded its first-rounder to Denver for the right to draft Jason Campbell last April, its first selection this year will be No. 54.

— This story is based in part on wire service reports.

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