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Charles Woodson's arrest early Monday morning in Oakland for public intoxication does not augur well for a Raider team that was eagerly looking forward to registering a fast start next season.

Woodson has a prior offense under the NFL's substance abuse policy and whether convicted or not for the early hours misdemeanor, could wind up with a suspension which would likely be enforced at the start of the 2005 season. Whatever the outcome, pending hearings or appeals, it seems unlikely a suspension would take place before this season is over. Woodson did not play in Sunday's game...

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