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Updated: October 3, 2003, 10:36 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
New York Jets: On Wednesday night, DE John Abraham was in a single car accident and was charged with driving while intoxicated. He pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday and also apologized to his family, his teammates, the coaching staff and the Jets' organization for the incident. "I am embarrassed by this situation and I will learn from this," Abraham said in a statement released by the team. He is expected to rejoin the team Monday and participate in practice. Because of this week's bye, the Jets don't play again until Oct. 12 against Buffalo, but coach Herman Edwards would not say whether Abraham would play. Abraham will be evaluated by doctors, who will determine if he will be required to enter the N.F.L.'s substance abuse program. Since he's a first-time offender, he isn't in danger of being suspended by the league but doctors may recommend that he undergo counseling. At the discretion of the commissioner, he could be fined half a game check, up to $20,000. He could also be subject to up to 10 urine tests a month for up to two years.

Baltimore Ravens: When minority owner Steve Bisciotti buys the remaining 51 percent of the team from Art Modell in four months, Art's son David will no longer retain the title of team president. Team officials announced Thursday that David Modell will step down from his position at the end of the season but will remain with the franchise as a consultant like his father. David Modell, 42, was informed of Bisciotti's intentions in a face-to-face meeting before the season. "It didn't come as a huge shock to me that these are the steps that he wanted to take," David Modell told the Baltimore Sun. "I knew that if and when the time came that he exercised his option on the majority of the franchise, there was a greater than average likelihood that he would want to have someone of his own choosing running his club. I will remain available to assist Steve, his new president and anyone else in the organization who would like to avail themselves of 25 years worth of knowledge in this business. I stand at the ready to be helpful to this franchise now and forever."

Washington Redskins: No quarterback has been sacked more than Patrick Ramsey (15), but according to coach Steve Spurrier his offensive line has played fairly well. "The offensive line has played pretty well," Spurrier told the Washington Post. "Really, they've played pretty well most all the year. Some of the sacks -- a lot of the sacks -- have not been their responsibility. I know the media and the fans think that every time we get sacked, the line messed up. But in actuality, a lot of it was either miscommunication or we held the ball too long or something like that." For example, offensive line coach Kim Helton says that one sack last week against McGinest was Ramsey's fault. LB Willie McGinest came unblocked on a blitz, but he actually was Ramsey's responsibility. RB Ladell Betts blocked another blitzer, and Ramsey was charged with knowing that McGinest would be unblocked and getting rid of the ball. "He thinks he can get the ball out," said Helton. "He's a very brave, very tough guy. And that creates an impression that, 'Wow, nobody is blocking.' Six can block six. They can't block the seventh guy."

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