NFL News of October 10, 2003

After an exchange of words between Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp and Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, the NFL stepped in Thursday to prevent further incidents.

Wednesday, Arrington pledged, among other things, that he would retaliate should Sapp try to run or jump through the Redskins warmup line before Sunday’s game. It has been Sapp’s practice for a number of seasons.

Thursday, the league sent a letter to Bucs general manager Rich McKay and to the Redskins stating that players are not allowed to disrupt opponents’ warmup drills.

The league said the result will be a 15-yard penalty, assessed on the opening kickoff.

The NFL also warned both teams that if hostilities break out before the game, participants will be subject to ejection.

—Roger Mills & Rick Stroud, The St. Petersburg Times “League warns Bucs, Redskins”

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