Rodgers suspended for violation of team policy

Updated: August 29, 2003, 8:10 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Derrick Rodgers will be suspended for the first game of the season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Team officials did not provide further details Friday.

In January, Rodgers pleaded no contest to charges he attacked his wife and a man at a South Beach restaurant. He was placed on three years' probation and the NFL's security department investigated the case.

Rodgers pleaded no contest to two felonies, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer with violence, and three misdemeanors: battery, assault and a violation of a domestic violence injunction.

In May, the Saints traded their seventh-round pick in next year's draft to get Rodgers from the Miami Dolphins.

Rodgers, 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, started 89 of 93 games at weakside linebacker for the Dolphins after being drafted in the third round in 1997. He has 378 tackles (248 solo), nine sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions.

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