NFL Notebook: Ex-Steelers LB Porter says police officer struck him
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The Bakersfield Californian reported Tuesday that Arizona Cardinals linebacker Joey Porter has accused a California Highway Patrol officer of unlawfully striking him the night the former Steelers star was arrested on charges of drunken driving, battery on a peace officer and resisting arrest.
Porter's allegation is under investigation in the context of the whole incident, Sgt. Larry McGuire said Tuesday. He also said there is no internal affairs complaint or investigation against Officer Jeritt Greer, who arrested Porter early Saturday morning at a Taco Bell parking lot.
Greer has a pending drunken driving charge against himself stemming from an October arrest, according to the Kern County Superior Court website.
Porter's attorney, Daniel Rodriguez, has disputed the charges in Porter's arrest, specifically saying Porter did not slap the officer's hand as the officer reported. Rodriguez also challenged whether Porter was under the influence of alcohol, saying a breath test could be as low as .05 percent, well below the .08 legal limit.
Rodriguez could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The breath test Porter took came back .07 and .08 percent, but the test has a margin of error of .02 percent, Rodriguez said. Rodriguez said officers have no evidence of any driving pattern by Porter that night.
Porter, 33, an 11-year NFL veteran who also has played for the Miami Dolphins, recently signed with Arizona.
A Houston official has told the AP that star middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans has agreed to a six-year contract to remain with the team.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has yet to make an official announcement.
Ryans was the 2006 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and is the leader of a young Houston team that went 9-7 last season for its first winning record. He was a restricted free agent.
Ryans had 123 tackles and a sack and made the Pro Bowl last season. He has had at least 110 tackles in each of his four years in the NFL and posted a career-best 155 stops as a rookie.
The deal was first reported by the Houston Chronicle and Houston television station KRIV.
Kicker Jason Elam will sign a one-day contract with Denver so he can retire with the team he played with for most of his career. Elam played 15 seasons with Denver from 1993-2007 and shares the NFL record with Tom Dempsey for the longest field goal. Elam tied the record with a 63-yard field goal Oct. 28, 1998. Elam played two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before being waived Dec. 1.
Oakland safety Hiram Eugene has signed his restricted free-agent tender to return to the team next season. Eugene had signed a waiver to allow him to work out with the team this offseason before signing the contract. Eugene has been a part-time starter the past three seasons for Oakland. He split time last year at free safety with Michael Huff. Eugene started four games. He finished with 28 solo tackles, an interception and 3 passes defended.
Tennessee has agreed to terms with cornerback Tye Hill, a former first-round draft choice. Hill has started 24 games with five interceptions in his four-year career. Last year, he started three games for the Atlanta Falcons.
Two more college prospects, both offensive linemen, visited the Steelers at their facility Tuesday: Tennessee guard Jacques McClendon and Indiana tackle Rodger Saffold. Six prospects have visited them in the past two days.
Minnesota has signed defensive end Mike Montgomery to a one-year deal. Montgomery spent the past five seasons with NFC North rival Green Bay. The Packers drafted him out of Texas A&M in the sixth round in 2005.
Philadelphia has re-signed cornerback Ellis Hobbs and linebacker Chris Gocong to one-year contracts. Both players were restricted free agents, and each signed his tender offer. Hobbs was acquired from New England last year. He played in eight games before a neck injury ended his first season in Philadelphia.
First Published March 31, 2010 12:05 am