Mike Florio, via Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times, brought to you early this afternoon news that Seahawks running back Quinton Ganther was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The Seahawks have knowledge of Ganther’s arrest, acknowledging it Saturday afternoon by way of a two-sentence statement:
“We are aware of the situation, and in the process of gathering information. No further comment at this time.”
Ganther does not have a history of off-the-field trouble, so he may avoid the short suspension arrests such as this often bring. The alleged crime figures to affect him, though. Ganther is in a fight for a roster spot behind presumptive Seahawks starter Julius Jones, change-of-pace complement Justin Forsett, and return specialist/possible third-down back Leon Washington.
The Seahawks are also dealing with legal trouble regarding linebacker Leroy Hill, who is expected to be suspended to open the season. The franchise released running back LenDale White just before word broke of his four-game ban. Rookie receiver Golden Tate was cited by police last month for a drunken donut-shop rampage.
On the other hand, the Seahawks signed safety Kevin Ellison after his May arrest for suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.
Time will tell how Ganther’s DUI will impact his 2010 outlook, but it’s certainly not a good sign for a fourth-string running back whose primary NFL contributions have come on special teams.