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Jaguars defensive tackle Nate Collins arrested

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Nate Collins hasn’t made too many headlines on the field during his two seasons with the Jaguars, but he made one off the field when he was arrested for marijuana possession.

The Fauquier Times-Democrat reported Monday that Collins was arrested during a traffic stop last Thursday in Warrenton, Virginia. State troopers initially pulled Collins over for having illegally tinted windows and, per the Times-Democrat, they smelled marijuana in the car. A subsequent search turned up joints in a bag in the trunk. Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union tried to get comment from the police and Collins about the arrest, but was turned down on both fronts.

Collins had 10 tackles in 12 games for the Jaguars this season. He’s scheduled to be an exclusive rights free agent this offseason.

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Bryan McCann denies he was intoxicated

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Cowboys cornerback Bryan McCann has issued a statement regarding his Saturday arrest on charges of public intoxication.

“To my family, friends, coaches, teammates, and all Dallas Cowboy & SMU fans, my good name and reputation mean everything to me,” the statement reads.  “I have never been arrested before and take pride in conducting myself at all times in a responsible and respectful manner off the football field. I was not intoxicated and did not pose a danger to myself or others.”

Per the earlier reports, McCann was arrested and taken into a Dallas detox center at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and released eight hours later. There have been no details released about what led to McCann’s arrest, but the charge does require officers to consider the intoxicated party to be a danger to themselves or others.

McCann’s statement wound up with a promise to fight the charges.

“I am very grateful that, due to the Constitution and Americans’ strong and enduring belief in due process, I am presumed innocent of this public intoxication charge because I am innocent.  I look forward to vigorously defending myself in a court of law.  I thank you for your continued support.”

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Cowboys cornerback Bryan McCann arrested

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The lockout hasn’t kept NFL players from running afoul of the law, with Cowboys cornerback Bryan McCann the latest to show up on a police blotter.

WFAA-TV in Dallas was the first to report that the Cowboys cornerback was arrested early Saturday morning. He was charged with public intoxication, taken to the city detox center at 3:00 a.m. and released eight hours later. The television station had no details about what behavior led to the arrest. Neither McCann nor his agents responded to a request for comment from on the incident.

The NFL plans to deal with McCann, and other players arrested during the lockout, under the Personal Conduct Policy once the league resumes normal operations. It remains to be seen if they’ll be successful in punishing players for what they do while away from work during a time that they are prevented from working.

McCann joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of SMU before the 2010 season. He was mostly a backup, but made two standout plays during his rookie season. He returned an interception 101 yards for a touchdown in a win against the Giants and took a punt back 97 yards against the Lions the next week.  He was named NFC defensive player of the week and NFC special-teams player of the week for his efforts.

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Everson Griffen’s arrest his second since Friday

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Mike Florio brought you the news late Monday of Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen’s arrest for felony battery of a police officer. As it turns out, that’s not the only trouble he’s been in recently.

Griffen’s on a law-breaking binge.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has confirmed a report that Griffen was also arrested last Friday night in Hollywood for public drunkenness.

During the course of his second arrest in four days, Griffen told police he “did not want to go back to jail.”

Griffen was released from custody at around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities wrote this terrific profile of Griffen last June. It includes one NFL executive explaining why his team removed Griffen from its draft board last April.

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53 underclassmen have declared for draft as deadline looms

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NFL draft season officially kicks off next Monday, when practices begin for the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando. The Senior Bowl starts the following Monday.

With the underclassmen deadline to declare for the draft coming Saturday, some potential early entrants are still weighing their decisions. 53 have announced their intentions to go pro, including Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt (pictured).

We’ve been tracking the underclassmen announcements all week. Bang it here for the full list.

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Broncos linebacker arrested, waived hours later

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We didn’t think much of it when linebacker Kevin Alexander hit the waiver wire earlier today, losing his roster spot on the Broncos in favor of cornerback Chevis Jackson. Alexander appeared in nine games for Denver, recording just four tackles. He went undrafted out of Clemson this April.

The move became a story when it was revealed that, just hours before he was cut, Alexander was arrested on investigation of assault and battery by Aurora police in Colorado.

Alexander’s girlfriend told officers that the two argued Sunday night after the woman accused Alexander of cheating on her with one of her friends. Alexander allegedly “became mad and eventually grabbed her several times,” before throwing her to the ground.

“He then grabbed her around the throat and pushed her against the wall,” reads the police report. “She states that she was either punched or slapped in the right side of her face.”

The woman also accused Alexander of “punching her once before.”

Alexander was released from jail at 2 p.m. Monday on $2,000 bond.

He has a court date set for Tuesday.

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Raheem Brock was busted for DUI Saturday

KCPQ in Seattle and the Seattle Times both report that Seahawks defensive lineman Raheem Brock was arrested for driving under the influence in Seattle Saturday morning.

According to Washington State Patrol public information officer Julie Startup, Brock was released by the arresting officer without being formally booked into jail.  The arrest occurred at 3:00 a.m Saturday, presumably after a Friday night out on the town.

Brock has appeared in all nine of the Seahawks’ games, compiling 13 tackles and three sacks.  He was allowed to play Sunday against the Cardinals.

This is believed to be Brock’s first arrest as a pro.  He is a ninth-year veteran.

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Titans rookie Howard pleads no contest to assault

On Tuesday, Titans rookie defensive lineman David Howard entered a plea of no contest to a charge of misdemeanor assault.  Howard, a product of Brown University, was arrested in Rhode Island in April of 2009 for allegedly beating up a patron at a bar for which he bounced.

According to Howard’s attorney, the charge will be expunged from the rookie’s record if he stays out of trouble for a year.  
Howard was the 241st overall pick in April’s draft.  The Titans almost certainly were aware of the incident before selecting him.  It occurred before Howard entered the NFL, and is unlikely to affect his playing status this season.
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Dolphins defensive end Tony McDaniel resets arrest meter

Dolphins defensive end Tony McDaniel was arrested Saturday on a misdemeanor battery charge.

He appeared in a Broward County courtroom Sunday morning.  According to police and court records, McDaniel is accused of domestic violence.  
McDaniel was released from jail at 10:00 a.m. Sunday on $3,500 bond.
This is McDaniel’s first arrest as a pro, but he was kicked off the University of Tennessee football team in 2005 for assaulting a fellow student during a pick-up basketball game.  
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Police say Cowboys FB Anderson brandished gun

An initial report about Cowboys fullback Deon Anderson’s Tuesday morning arrest made the situation sound relatively minor.

Anderson has much bigger problems than unpaid traffic tickets.  
Addison, Texas police have issued a warrant for Anderson’s arrest on a new charge of deadly conduct.  The Cowboys’ fourth-year lead blocker allegedly pulled a gun on a man following an altercation at the BlackFinn restaurant.
The Dallas Morning News has the police report.
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Cowboys FB Deon Anderson resets arrest meter

Cowboys fullback Deon Anderson was arrested Tuesday morning on traffic warrants.

The warrants were discovered upon police search after officers were called to a disturbance involving Anderson.
Anderson was involved in a confrontation with a restaurant valet and security guard.  The three people “exchanged words” outside the BlackFinn restaurant in Addison, Texas.  The Cowboys’ lead blocker claims he used no profanity.
Anderson was released on bond at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.
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Report: Onterrio Smith arrested

Onterrio Smith, the ex-Minnesota Vikings running back whose promising NFL career was cut short in large part because of drug problems, was reportedly jailed last night on drug charges.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Smith was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 80 in Truckee, California, at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The driver was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, and Smith was arrested after a routine check revealed that he had an outstanding warrant from Sacramento for possession of a controlled substance.

Smith’s bail was set at $15,000.

Smith had 107 carries for 579 yards as a rookie in 2003 and 124 carries for 544 yards in 2004, but he never played in an NFL game after being suspended for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy during the 2005 off-season. He is best remembered as the player who was stopped in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport with dried urine and a device called the Original Whizzinator.

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Former Ravens lineman Brown arrested

Whoa, former Raven and Browns offensive lineman Orlando “Zeus” Brown apparently has a far different idea of what a “tour” consists of than the normal person.

Brown was arrested Friday for allegedly breaking into the Cockeysville, Maryland home of his ex-wife while she was away on a five-week vacation. Brown was charged with third-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property valued at less than $500.  

Mira Brown accused her ex-husband of breaking in while she was away for five weeks in July and August. She alleges he “broke the front story door, tore down the basemen curtains, defecated in a basemen toilet and ransacked her closet.” (At least he didn’t ransack her toilet and defecate in her closet, right Dookie?)

Mira Brown said she received two texts from Orlando Brown’s phone which said he “toured” the house while she was away.

Brown, you may remember, was the Cleveland Browns player struck in the eye by an officials flag causing injury and a Brown meltdown in which he shoved the official.

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