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Notre Dame receiver Floyd faces alcohol questions

By Cliff Brunt

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Feb. 24 2012 3:38 p.m. MST

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.

Michael Conroy, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Michael Floyd didn't get to talk much about the 100-catch season he had at Notre Dame.

He didn't field many questions about the 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns he piled up last season, or the fact that he'll likely be a high draft pick in April. Instead, Notre Dame's career leader in touchdown catches spent much of his podium time Friday at the NFL combine talking about his arrest last March for drunken driving. The 6-foot-3 receiver isn't worried about explaining the situation to teams over the weekend.

"All I can do is be honest and tell them exactly what happened," he said.

Notre Dame's disciplinary arm chose not to suspend him, even though it was his third alcohol-related brush with the law in two years. Floyd pleaded guilty last June to misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to a year of probation. Prosecutors said a breath test showed Floyd had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than double Indiana's legal limit for driving.

Floyd attended classes and said he learned from the experience.

"You grow from it," he said. "It's behind you. It's a mistake that happened in the past and just moving forward."

Floyd made changes after his latest issue.

"I went out less, and just kind of changed the whole environment around me, friends, just guys that I was going to have to be in that position of having to do things that would potentially put me in a troubled position," he said.

He knows he can't have more lapses in judgment if he wants to excel in the NFL.

"It's a professional sport, and you've got to act like a professional," he said.

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NOT SO FAST: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he will start running Feb. 28 as his continues to rehab from his knee injury.

Coach Leslie Frazier overruled him.

"He feels like he's ahead of schedule, but we do have to temper his emotions at times," Frazier said. "He's got to listen to what the doctors are telling him and the rehab specialists and go at their pace.

"There are steps to take before you actually start running. Around the fourth or fifth month, he'll do some running in the swimming pool prior to actually getting on land. We'll see how he's responding to what he's doing in the pool before he actually does some hard-surface running."

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MOSS-FISHER REUNION? New St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher might be willing to pick up receiver Randy Moss.

After the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings let Moss go in 2010, Fisher took a chance on him while still coaching the Tennessee Titans. Moss did little in Nashville, with six catches and 80 yards in eight games before he retired.

Now, the 35-year-old Moss is looking for work, and Fisher left the door open.

"There's a number of players out there," Fisher said. "You guys know my familiarity with Randy. I thought he was great for our locker room."

Moss' body of work compares favorably with the best receivers in NFL history. He is tied for second all-time in touchdowns (153), ranks fifth in yards (14,858) and ninth in receptions (954). His record 23 TD catches in 2007 helped the Patriots reach the Super Bowl, and his 10 seasons of at least 1,000 yards are second only to Jerry Rice's 14.

Moss would potentially fill a void for a team whose leading receiver, Brandon Lloyd, had 51 catches for 683 yards last season. The Rams want to keep Lloyd and would like to add pieces to help quarterback Sam Bradford, who missed much of last season with a high left ankle sprain.

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