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Redskins penalized for physical practices

ASHBURN, Va. – The NFL has docked the Washington Redskins
three days of offseason practices for conducting workouts that were
too physical.

The team will lose its "organized team activities'' –
essentially practices without pads – scheduled for Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday.

In addition, there can be no player meetings or conditioning
sessions at Redskins Park from Friday through Wednesday. Players
will be allowed to report to the building only if receiving
treatment for an injury.

The team's mandatory three-day minicamp begins June 17.

"It's something where we felt like we were operating the way we
should,'' coach Joe Gibbs said Thursday. "After reviewing it, they
thought our line drills were too physical. It's happened to other
people. I think it's just something to deal with.''

The team's offseason work came under scrutiny when the team
posted highlights from its practices on its Web site. Officials
from the NFL Players Association saw the footage and notified the
league of possible violations of the rule forbidding "live contact
drills between offensive and defensive linemen'' during the
offseason.

Gibbs said the Redskins will continue the Internet broadcasts,
but he said he scaled back the drills at Thursday's practice.

"We had no one-on-one whatsoever,'' Gibbs said. "I'm kind of
gun-shy right now until they really clarify it for us.''

On another matter, Gibbs said he finally had heard from safety
Sean Taylor.

After months of refusing to return the coach's phone calls,
Taylor spoke to Gibbs by phone on Wednesday with help from Taylor's
agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Taylor had been the only unexcused absentee
from the offseason workouts.

He has been told to stay away from Redskins Park following an
arrest in Florida.

"I did talk to him, had a good talk with him, and Drew,'' Gibbs
said. "We just kind of talked a little bit about the situation and
everything and just kind of had a personal conversation. So we're
hoping the issues can get cleared up to give the Sean the time to
work on this.''

Taylor is accused of aggravated assault with a firearm and
simple battery following an incident involving a gun last week near
Taylor's home in Miami. He is free on $16,500 bond with an
arraignment date scheduled for June 24.