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Redskins' Taylor fined four game paychecks

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor has
been fined but will not be suspended for his no-contest pleas in an
assault case in Florida.

The NFL announced Monday that Taylor has been fined four 2005
game checks -- which amounts to $71,764 based on a salary of
$305,000 -- for pleading no contest in June to misdemeanor counts of
simple battery and simple assault arising from a dispute over
all-terrain vehicles in Miami in 2005.

In a statement, the NFL said Taylor will have the opportunity to
earn back a portion of the fine if he complies with specified
league requirements. The statement did not list what those
requirements are. A league spokesman said he had no further
information available.

Taylor ignored questions from several reporters as he left the
field following Monday's practice.

"I'm just glad it's behind us," coach Joe Gibbs said. "I'm
certainly glad he's going to be with us all year."

Taylor was accused of pointing a gun during the dispute over
vehicles he claimed were stolen and faced three charges of
aggravated assault and a misdemeanor charge -- charges which could
have landed him decades in prison -- before settling the case out of
court. In addition to the no-contest pleas, he was placed on 18
months' probation, ordered to talk about the importance of
education at 10 Miami schools and had to contribute $1,000 for
scholarships to each of those schools.

Taylor, a former University of Miami standout, signed a
seven-year, $18 million contract with the Redskins after he was
drafted in 2004. He has six interceptions and 120 tackles in two
NFL seasons, but he has become almost as well-known for his
troubles.

He has been fined seven times during his professional career for
late hits and other infractions, including a $17,000 penalty for
spitting in the face of Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman
during a January playoff game. He was also fined $25,000 for
skipping a mandatory symposium his rookie year.