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Redskins' Taylor dies

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Any other news around the NFL is dwarfed this morning by the death of Sean Taylor of the Washington Redskins.

Taylor, 24, was shot Monday during a break-in at his home.

Known as a tremendously talented, ferocious-hitting yet erratic safety, Taylor had a somewhat troubled past. Yet teammates said Taylor had put that behind him.

"It's hard to expect a man to grow up overnight," said Redskins teammate and close friend Clinton Portis, who also played with Taylor at the University of Miami. "But ever since he had his child, it was like a new Sean, and everybody around here knew it. He was always smiling, always happy, always talking about his child."

Taylor's girlfriend and 1-year-old daughter were uninjured in the break-in. My condolences to them, the rest of Taylor's family and to the Redskins organization.