Tags of honor

Posted: 7:45 p.m.

Shayne Graham's brainstorm has turned into reality.

Two dog tags honoring Army Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin killed while captured in Iraq are now available for $15 with all proceeds going to the Fallen Heroes Foundation.

Graham, the Bengals kicker, got the idea earlier this year when he was trying to come up with a birthday gift for his father, a Vietnam War veteran.

One dog tag reads, "SSG Matt Maupin/Captured 0/4/04/Recovered 21/3/08/Killed In Captivity. The other tag says "To Everyone/I am now home/Thank you for/never forgetting/724 Trans.

They can be ordered online or purchased at The Fallen Heroes Foundation, 700 S. Eastgate Blvd., Suite 430, Cincinnati 45245. Include name, address, city, state, zip code, phone and e-mail.

DUB AGAIN: Peter Warrick turns 31 next month, but the Bengals' No. 1 pick in 2000 keeps coming back to football. On Tuesday, five months after the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League cut him, Warrick hooked on with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL, according to The Gazette in Montreal.

Warrick, a sensation as a Florida State wide receiver who averaged just 10.6 yards on his 264 catches in five seasons with Cincinnati, hasn't been in the NFL since he returned punts for Seattle in the Super Bowl loss to the Steelers following the 2005 season.

POST JUNE 1: Former Bengals beat reporter Alex Marvez, now with Foxsports.com, reported Tuesday that while the NFL begins June 1 fining teams whose players are suspended for off-field violations, the league is pardoning any legal problems that occurred before, when it comes to such fines.

So under those guidelines the Bengals won't lose any money in the Jason Shirley trial in Fresno, Calif., this week.

The Bengals took Shirley in the fifth round despite a season that began with a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team at Fresno State. He was suspended again following an Oct. 8 DUI incident in which police reported he crashed his car into an apartment complex. He appealed the suspension, according to the Fresno Bee, by providing medical documents that claimed he had suffered a concussion a few days prior to the accident. His appeal earned him a reinstatement but within a few days after returning to the team he was charged with driving under suspension and an expired registration and was suspended from the team for good.

The Bee has been reporting the trial should be completed by the end of the week, meaning that Shirley has missed both weeks the rookies could participate in voluntary workouts.

The post-June 1 date means the Bengals are also off the hook for Chris Henry, on trial for an assault he allegedly committed while with the team and led to his release. He is currently unsigned.

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