Bengals claim Taylor spit on Houshmandzadeh

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 29, 2004

CINCINNATI (AP) - Coach Marvin Lewis said one of his Cincinnati Bengals was spit on during a 17-10 victory in Washington, and he hopes the NFL does something to crack down.

Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh confronted Redskins safety Sean Taylor at the end of the game Sunday, but declined to say why.

''It had nothing to do with physical contact,'' Houshmandzadeh said afterward. ''He's a punk.''

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Lewis said Monday that one of his players - he wouldn't confirm it was Houshmandzadeh - got spit on. The receiver wasn't available for comment.

''We had a player spit on yesterday, and that's not right,'' Lewis said. ''It's something that's been escalating from certain players. Hopefully the league will do something to cut it out.''

Joe Gibbs, at his news conference Monday, was asked about Lewis' comments.

''I wasn't aware of that until you just mentioned it,'' Gibbs said.

Taylor refused to comment. He hasn't spoken to the media since he was arrested and charged with drunken driving on Oct. 28.

Before their game in Cleveland on Sunday, Browns running back William Green and Steelers linebacker Joey Porter took swings at each other and were ejected. Green appeared to spit at Porter, who hit Green in the mouth.