Redskins backup Simmons faces drunken-driving charge REDSKINS VS. BILLS at Minneapolis

January 18, 1992

Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday that backup tackle Ed Simmons' apology for a drunken-driving arrest won't change the fact that Simmons "will have to pay a price."

Simmons was arrested early yesterday and charged with driving while intoxicated, District of Columbia police said.

Simmons was stopped in the Georgetown section at about 2:30 a.m., according to police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile.

"I had a talk with Ed," coach Joe Gibbs said. "He told me: 'I just messed up, I shouldn't have done it.' He's sorry about it. He's going to have to pay a price, whatever it is. We don't like it, and he doesn't like it. It's just something he's going to work his way through."

Later, Simmons said: "It happened. I wish it never had happened. Things happen sometimes. You wish you could change things, and this turned out to be one of those things. I'm just sorry that it did happen to me. If I could change it, I wish I could."

Gibbs did not say whether Simmons would be held out of the Super Bowl. Should the club decide to deactivate Simmons for the Jan. 26 contest against the Buffalo Bills, the only offensive lineman they could activate off injured reserve is Ray Brown. Brown has missed most of the past two seasons with injuries.

* Washington held out three injured players -- linebacker Ravin Caldwell (cracked ribs), defensive lineman Bobby Wilson (ankle) and wide receiver Gary Clark (back) -- when the club conducted its first full-scale practice yesterday for the Super Bowl.

Caldwell is the only one of the three who might not be healthy enough to play.

The start of the practice was delayed so that Gibbs and some players could attend the funeral of sportscaster Glenn Brenner.

The team will practice again today, take tomorrow off and then return to Redskin Park on Monday for a practice before flying to Minneapolis.

* Thirteen men were arrested in 15 raids that ended early yesterday, as law enforcement authorities carried out a threatened blitz against mob-connected gambling parlors in New York City during the pre-Super Bowl betting season.

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