- The Washington Times - Monday, August 1, 2005

Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor is worrying more about football than a possible prison term next month.

Taylor faces a minimum three-year sentence for a felony assault charge and simple battery misdemeanor in a June 1 dispute in Miami over the supposed theft of his two all-terrain vehicles. In his first press conference since last season as the Redskins opened training camp yesterday, Taylor said he’ll leave his fate to the justice system and concentrate on football.

“That’s why we’ve got judges, we’ve got trials and people who make decisions [about] what goes on in court,” Taylor said. “I’m not worried about anything. That’s something for them to handle. I’ve got to worry about this right now.”

Taylor was unapologetic over his refusal to participate in offseason voluntary workouts or talk to Redskins officials before his arrest. While not directly discussing particulars of the pending trial, Taylor conceded things could have been handled differently during the offseason.

“I’m sure if everybody had a time machine and they could go ahead and hop in that time machine and go back a couple hours, a couple of seconds, they would do it,” he said, “but there’s no time machine. … I don’t think anyone should have regrets, especially me. You don’t regret anything you’re doing in your life. If you do it you do it for a reason.”

Teammates were supportive of Taylor with several saying there wasn’t any discussion of his arrest before practice. Taylor noticed a difference in team unity since last season.

“They understand when I come here to play ball, I’m here 100 percent. I’ll work as hard as everybody else works. I missed some time in the offseason and what not, but that’s separate. When I have to be here, I’m here. I see these guys have bonded and worked hard. It shows how much work they put in the offseason. Everyone sees their unity.”

Taylor wouldn’t say whether he would spend the next offseason locally, though.

“For the fans that might think I don’t want to be here in Washington, it’s not that,” he said. “It’s just that when I have my offseason time, there’s places you go. When I have my season and things that’s lined up, that’s where I’m at. Next year, we’ll see about next year.”

Taylor worked with the second team defense behind safety Pierson Prioleau.

“Sean has missed a lot,” coach Joe Gibbs said. “I think the coaching staff thinks it’s one of those things where we felt like that was the best place to start him.”

They’re back

Offensive tackle Jon Jansen and safety Matt Bowen saw their first contact after suffering major injuries last year. It was just one week short of a year for Jansen since rupturing his Achilles’ tendon in the 2004 preseason opener.

“I’m not sure what it felt like to get smacked hard,” he said. “I know how it felt to smack someone hard.”

Said quarterback Patrick Ramsey: “He was excited to be out there. It was obvious that he was itching to get going.”

Bowen missed the final 11 games of last year after tearing up his knee, but has been healthy so long that he didn’t even think about the injury during his first contact in almost 10 months.

“Stuff happens sometimes,” Bowen said. “Doc fixed it. It’s like RoboCop in my knee. It’s fine. I’ll play as hard as I always have.”

Brown’s last go-round?

Ray Brown, at 42 the NFL’s oldest offensive lineman since the 1920s, said his 20th NFL training camp probably will be his last.

“I’m not going to write anything down in this concrete, but I’m pretty sure this is probably it,” Brown said. “Right now I’m convinced of it. I don’t want to go through this anymore.”

Holdouts continue

First-rounders Carlos Rogers and quarterback Jason Campbell remain the only holdouts. Gibbs said Rogers wouldn’t have practiced anyway because of a badly sprained ankle, but the holdout is still bothersome.

“Mentally, it hurts because being in the meetings is a big deal, too,” Gibbs said.

First-rounders leaguewide have signed slower than usual as agents are wary of making bad deals with just 18 inked. The ninth overall selection, Rogers may be awaiting fellow cornerbacks Adam “Pacman” Jones (sixth) and Antrel Rolle (eighth) to sign. Campbell, 25th overall, may be influenced by the deal signed by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers with the 24th pick.

Extra points

Defensive tackle Brandon Noble (infection) and linebacker LaVar Arrington (knee) didn’t practice and were placed on the active physically unable-to-perform list. Receiver James Thrash was excused because of his father’s death.



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