Wednesday, October 02, 2002

NFL Notebook

Marijuana adds to Moss' woes

The Associated Press

        MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss was charged Tuesday with possession of marijuana, adding to charges that he pushed a traffic officer with his car.

        The new petty misdemeanor count carries a fine of up to $200 and could lead to a suspension or fine from the NFL.

        Police said they found a marijuana cigarette in Moss' car after he was arrested Sept.24. Moss was driving in Minneapolis when a traffic officer stepped in front of his car to stop him from making an illegal turn and was slightly injured when she fell.

        Moss was charged the next day with careless driving and with failure to obey a traffic officer, both misdemeanors.

        The complaint said the marijuana amounted to less than a gram. Moss has said the marijuana did not belong to him.

        ESPN reported Sunday that Moss was already in the league's substance abuse program for testing positive for marijuana last year, and underwent another test by the NFL after his arrest last week.

        “Under the policy, a drug-related violation of the law is grounds for disciplinary action,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

        Prosecutors also added two traffic counts to the charges: making an improper turn at an intersection in a hazardous manner, a misdemeanor; and obstructing traffic with a vehicle, a petty misdemeanor.

        Moss, 25, was scheduled to be arraigned today.

        RAMS: Quarterback Kurt Warner had surgery on the broken pinkie of his throwing hand and will be sidelined eight to 10 weeks.

        The Rams signed Scott Covington as their No.3 quarterback, backing up Jamie Martin and Marc Bulger.

        JETS: Cornerback Aaron Beasley has been charged with a misdemeanor of simple battery stemming from a bar fight in Jacksonville, Fla., on July 6. Beasley, a former Jaguar, has a Nov.25 court date.

        RAVENS: Todd Heap, Chris McAlister and Ed Reed played key roles in Baltimore's 34-23 thrashing of Denver Monday night. All are replacements for veterans dumped in salary-cap moves.

        McAlister, returning kicks because Jermaine Lewis was let go in the expansion draft, went 108 yards for a touchdown after catching a missed field goal attempt in the end zone. It was the longest play in NFL history.

        Reed replaced Rod Woodson at safety and made his first NFL interception and recorded the first blocked punt in Ravens history. Heap had five catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

        DOLPHINS: Linebacker Derrick Rodgers can avoid jail with a plea agreement on charges he kicked and punched his wife and hit a man with a chair. Rodgers would serve five years of probation if he accepts the deal but would have to stay away from William Peguero, the man he allegedly hit, and not have “violent contact” with his wife, Kareff Rodgers.

        CHIEFS: Ryan Sims will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Jets. The 6-4, 315-pound Sims, drafted sixth overall this year, will start over Derrick Ransom at defensive tackle.

        PAYROLL: Pittsburgh, once criticized as unwilling to pay big money to retain star players, began the season with the NFL's second-highest payroll. According to figures compiled by the NFL Players Association, the Steelers' $85,069,621 payroll trailed only the New York Jets' $87,343,231.

        Houston ($76,507,361) was third, ahead of Dallas ($74,349,380) and San Francisco ($74,206,418). Green Bay's payroll of $39,720,069 is the lowest, nearly $5 million less than the next team, Minnesota ($44,219,850).

        The average NFL salary, including signing bonuses, is $1.123 million.


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