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NFL Briefs

September 25, 2002

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Vikings' Moss arrested after incident with car

Minneapolis Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss was arrested Tuesday after being accused of bumping a traffic control agent with his car.

The agent tried to stop Moss from making an illegal turn, and Moss used his car to slowly push the officer a half-block along the street, stopping when she fell to the ground, police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington said.

Barrington said the agent, a city employee but not a police officer, was not seriously hurt.

Moss was in jail on suspicion of assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony. Barrington said the county attorney would consider charges today, and it was unclear whether Moss would be allowed to post bail Tuesday night.

The Vikings issued a statement Tuesday night that said the team wouldn't comment about the incident until it had gathered more information.

Heisman winner Hart dies 'too soon' at 73

South Bend, Ind. Leon Hart, who won the 1949 Heisman Trophy and helped Notre Dame win three national titles, died Tuesday at 73.

He also was a member of three NFL championship teams in his eight seasons with the Detroit Lions.

Hart died at the St. Joseph Medical Center in South Bend, Notre Dame associate athletic director John Heisler said. Hospital spokeswoman Betty Rowley said she did not know the cause of death.

"It simply falls into that category of the good die too soon," Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham said.

Bucs trade Gibson

Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded safety David Gibson to the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday for an undisclosed draft pick. The Bucs also re-signed guard Russ Hochstein and released tight end Marco Battaglia to address a lack of depth on the offensive line Tuesday.

Packers release Smith

Green Bay, Wis. Running back Maurice "Moe" Smith was waived by the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday after joining the team this month. Smith, formerly with the Atlanta Falcons, had signed as a free agent when offensive tackle Mark Tauscher was placed on injured reserve with a season-ending knee injury. Smith played on special teams in last Sunday's game against Detroit and was credited with one unassisted tackle.

Niners re-sign Moore

Santa Clara, Calif. The San Francisco 49ers added depth at linebacker on Tuesday by re-signing rookie Brandon Moore, an undrafted free agent who briefly made the team out of training camp.

Bears sign DT Grant

Chicago Defensive tackle Ernest Grant signed a two-year contract Tuesday with the Chicago Bears after playing last season with the Miami Dolphins.

Fraley signs extension

Philadelphia Starting center Hank Fraley signed a five-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

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