Ex-'skin Arrington "rejuvenated"

R. Williams suspended...

April 26, 2006

Ex-'skin Arrington "rejuvenated"; R. Williams suspended for 2006

LaVar Arrington's career with the New York Giants got off to a less than auspicious start this week when his car broke down on the trip from Virginia to East Rutherford, N.J.

The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker took it as a sign.

"That might be an omen that I need to leave whatever I brought from there and just start completely over." Arrington said yesterday in an obvious reference to his turmoil-filled final two seasons with the Washington Redskins.

The positive spin was an indication of Arrington's mind-set as he made his first public remarks since agreeing to a seven-year, $49 mil lion deal with the Giants over the weekend. Arrington, a seven-year veteran, agreed to a contract buyout with the Redskins in March.

"I feel rejuvenated." he said. "I didn't know that you could step into a football building and feel this comfortable. Everybody's speaking to one another, people treat each other like men. That wasn't my re ality for so long. It's about football here, not politics."

by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy for the fourth time. The league announced the suspension after Williams" appeal of his latest positive drug test was denied. Williams met with NFL counsel Jeff Pash on April 10 in an attempt to have the league overturn the test. Pre vious positive tests were for marijuana, which Williams acknowledged us ing. The latest test apparently involved a drug other than marijuana.

the 49ers" No. 6 choice in Saturday's draft rather than move up to get one of the budding defensive stars - Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk and North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams - expected to go in the first five picks.

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