- The Washington Times - Friday, August 21, 2009

From combined dispatches

Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib was held out of practice Thursday after police said he reportedly punched a taxi driver and was jailed on charges of simple battery and resisting arrest without violence.

The Buccaneers said the second-year pro, who fought with a teammate during last year’s NFL rookie symposium and then had another confrontation with a teammate this offseason, would not be suspended by the team.

“I’ve been in contact with the league office,” general manager Mark Dominik said. “This falls under the personal conduct policy. Certainly whatever decision’s made, the commissioner’s decision supersedes anything the club does at this time.”

Talib posted $300 bail. A Florida Highway Patrol arrest report said the 23-year-old punched a cab driver in the neck and ear after he picked up Talib and two other men outside a St. Petersburg nightclub.

Talib, accompanied by Dominik, walked onto the practice field about 30 minutes into an afternoon workout but did not participate in drills. He left before the end of the session and was not available for comment.

BENGALS: Chad Ochocinco has added another wrinkle to his colorful career by kicking an extra point.

Cincinnati’s all-time leader in catches and yards receiving connected after the Bengals first-half touchdown as coach Marvin Lewis held out Shayne Graham as a precaution because of a groin injury. Ochocinco also kicked off to start the second half Thursday night.

BRONCOS: Coach Josh McDaniels said he hasn’t decided whether recalcitrant receiver Brandon Marshall will play in Denver’s preseason game at Seattle this weekend.

Marshall spent a second straight day working almost exclusively with the scout team 24 hours after saying he was nowhere near mastering the new offense.

Marshall is upset with the Broncos over their refusal to redo his contract or trade him.

DOLPHINS: Miami’s partnership with Serena and Venus Williams will be announced at the team’s training complex Tuesday.

The team is billing the event as a “major corporate announcement” hosted by owner Stephen Ross.

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