Saints linebacker arrested on DWI charge

SAN ANTONIO -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Courtney Watson was charged with drunken driving.

Police said the 25-year-old Watson was driving on Interstate 10
when he was pulled over early Wednesday for erratic driving. They
said an open bottle of beer was found in the front cup holder of
the car.

He was "combative" and failed a field sobriety test but
refused a breathalyzer sample, their report said. Watson was
released on $1,000 bond pending arraignment Dec. 5. He declined to
comment after practice Thursday.

Watson, the starting middle linebacker, was a second-round pick
out of Notre Dame in 2004. He was among 11 players chosen for the
American Football Coaches Association's "Good Works Team" in 2003
for outstanding community service.

Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said the team's security department
was investigating, and coach Jim Haslett said Watson would play
Sunday against Miami in Baton Rouge, La.

The Saints relocated to San Antonio after Hurricane Katrina.