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NFL Briefs

October 27, 2001

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Buffalo's Henry pleads guilty

Hamburg, N.Y. Buffalo Bills rookie Travis Henry pleaded guilty Friday to trying to have sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.

Henry, a running back, will be sentenced Nov. 9. He faces up to 90 days in jail and a maximum $500 fine for the misdemeanor, but it is more likely that he will have to do community service.

"It is unusual for anybody under similar circumstances to receive sentences of incarceration in situations like this," District Attorney Frank Clark said.

Henry could face punishment from the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The team will not comment until Henry is sentenced, Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said.

Henry was at a suburban Buffalo gas station when two girls approached him Sept. 23. The three went to Henry's home, and the 15-year-old girl told him she was almost 18, Clark said.

Henry, who turns 23 on Monday, was not immediately available for comment.

Ravens put Searcy on injured reserve

Owings Mills, Md. Leon Searcy was put on injured reserve by the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, in effect ending the offensive tackle's season before he got to play a down.

The Ravens also signed free agent Danny Kight, who will handle kickoffs in place of injured Matt Stover.

Searcy signed a six-year contract as a free agent in March. He was sidelined after hurting his left arm in August and then injured his triceps this week.

The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder had been signed to give the Super Bowl champions protection on the right side of the line. He missed last season with Jacksonville after tearing his right quadriceps in training camp.

Kight worked out with the team Friday and is signed for the rest of the year. He kicked for the Indianapolis Colts last season.

Stover has a strained quadriceps that has affected his distance on kickoffs. Kight played in all 16 games with the Colts last year. His 13 touchbacks on kickoffs was tied for third in the NFL.

"Danny gives us the distance on his kickoffs that we've been lacking due to Matt's soreness," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "Winning the field position battle is important to us, and Danny will help."

Redskins sign lineman

Ashburn, Va. The Washington Redskins signed rookie offensive lineman Alex Sulfsted on Friday. Sulfsted joins the Redskins from the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad. Kansas City selected him out of Miami of Ohio in the sixth round of April's draft and waived him in the final round of roster cuts. Sulfsted replaces backup lineman Mark Fischer, who tore an ACL during practice Wednesday. Fischer was placed on injured reserve Friday, officially ending his season.

Lepsis fined for block

Denver Denver Broncos tackle Matt Lepsis has been fined $15,000 for a block that left San Diego's Maa Tanuvasa with a broken ankle. The block came in the third quarter of Denver's 27-10 loss Sunday. Lepsis was not penalized, but after reviewing videotape, the NFL found him guilty Thursday of unnecessary roughness.

Trapp to pay $12,500

Baltimore James Trapp of the Baltimore Ravens was fined $12,500 by the NFL for a hit against Cleveland Browns punt returner Dennis Northcutt. The helmet-to-helmet blow Sunday left Northcutt unconscious but did not draw a penalty flag. Trapp, a defensive back, had a clear shot at Northcutt, who did not indicate a fair catch. The fine was for "unnecessary roughness" against a player who was "in a defenseless position," NFL spokesman Dan Masonson said Friday.

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