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Cowboys cut ties with DB Coleman after DWI arrest

Marcus Coleman's latest brush with the law reportedly cost him his job with the Dallas Cowboys. The veteran defensive back was released Saturday by the Cowboys, ESPN's Ed Werder reported.

According to media reports in Dallas, Coleman was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Saturday morning.

Coleman, who recently returned to the team from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, was stopped by officers who reportedly saw him weaving while driving eastbound on Highway 114 in Irving.

"There were indications that the driver had been drinking," Irving police spokesman David Tull said in a statement.

Coleman, 32, failed a field sobriety test, according to reports. Sources told KTVT-TV that Coleman was released shortly after posting a $500 bond.

According to sources, Cowboys coach Bill Parcells had warned Coleman upon signing him during the offseason that any alcohol-related problems would compel the Cowboys to dismiss him from the team, possibly ending his NFL career. With only holdover Keith Daviss and rookie Patrick Watkins on the roster, Parcells tolerated Coleman's violation of the substance abuse policy.

Coleman played in three games, recording one tackle with Parcells saying his performance was disappointing.

Records show Coleman also was pulled over and convicted in 2004 for driving under the influence in Harris County, the TV station reported. He also was sentenced to six months' probation in 2004 for driving with a suspended license southwest of Houston.

The Cowboys play at Arizona on Sunday. Watkins will back up Davis in Coleman's absence, Werder reported.

A former Texas Tech standout, Coleman was chosen by the Jets in the fifth round of the 1996 draft. He played six seasons in New York (1996-2001) before being shipped to the Texans in 2002 as part of a deal the teams made in the expansion draft to stock the Houston roster with veterans.