- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 29, 2001

Washington Redskins defensive end Dorian Boose was suspended for one game and fined $7,500 yesterday for contact with game officials and unnecessary roughness during Monday night's 37-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Boose will miss the Oct. 7 game against the New York Giants for improper contact with side judge David Wyant and head linesman Paul Weidner. The fine and loss of one game's salary will cost Boose $33,382. The player declined comment.

Boose can play against the Kansas City Chiefs tomorrow as defensive end Bruce Smith's backup before missing one week of practice and the Giants game. The team will get a one-game roster exemption to sign a replacement.

Boose joined linebacker Shawn Barber in a short sideline scuffle at the Packers' bench near the end of the third quarter. Green Bay linebacker Nate Wayne was fined $5,000 for fighting, but no action was taken against Barber. No penalty was called for the altercation.

"Once you left the playing field and entered the Packers bench area, you approached the side judge from behind, pushed his head [knocking off his cap in the process], and then shoved him out of the way," Tagliabue stated in a letter to Boose. "In fact, you shoved him with such force that the official lost his footing and might have been seriously injured had not a member of Green Bay's staff caught him and broken his fall.

"When a second official, the head linesman, attempted to separate you from other players, you engaged in improper physical contact with him as well by placing your hands on his chest and attempting to move him away from you."

NFL Director of Football Operations Gene Washington fined Boose for unnecessary roughness.

"After a play in which you had no involvement was over, you left the playing field, entered the Packers bench area, and joined an altercation then in progress," Washington stated in a letter to Boose. "Once you entered the area of the altercation, you engaged in pushing and shoving with several Green Bay players. Your conduct violated League rules prohibiting unnecessary roughness and entering an area of altercation."

Coach Marty Schottenheimer said players must realize they can't join in a fight.

"It's very clear that if there's an incident ongoing that you can't go over and get involved in it," Schottenheimer said.

Balanced approach

The Redskins are working to stretch the passing game in quarterback Tony Banks' first start while also relying more on running back Stephen Davis.

Davis' 65 yards on 13 rushes against the Packers showed Schottenheimer that he can carry the offense if the Redskins don't fall too far behind. Davis has lobbied for more carries after gaining 2,713 yards over the past two years. However, Kansas City stacking an extra defensive player on its line will make it harder for Washington to run.

Instead, the Redskins may use Banks' mobility to allow more time to wait for deeper routes to open against the Chiefs' 27th-ranked secondary. One of the reasons the Redskins released quarterback Jeff George on Wednesday was that he often stayed in the pocket too long and took needless sacks.

"We need to have a balance," Schottenheimer said. "Last week we ran the ball pretty well. [Kansas City plays] a defensive front that will have one more guy there than you've got. It's going to make it difficult to run, but you can't win in this league without running effectively."

Health watch

Schottenheimer won't declare linebacker LaVar Arrington inactive against Kansas City until shortly before kickoff, but he did concede that Arrington won't play. Arrington didn't practice this week after suffering a Grade II sprained knee against Green Bay that will probably cost him two games. Defensive end Marco Coleman also is out with a dislocated elbow.

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