Faulk pleads no contest, receives one year of probation

LAFAYETTE, La. - New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk has pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Faulk was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple possession of marijuana at a Lil Wayne concert at the Cajundome in February. A Lafayette Parish sheriff's deputy allegedly found four marijuana cigarettes in Faulk's jacket during a routine search.

On Tuesday, Faulk, a Louisiana native and an LSU graduate, received a five-month suspended sentence, one year of supervised probation, 40 hours of community service to be served in the form of anti-drug lectures to students at Lafayette Parish middle and high schools and 20 hours of NFL-approved substance-abuse treatment.

Faulk told The (Lafayette) Daily Advertiser the case is behind him and he is "focusing on football and getting ready for the season."

Last season, Faulk had 47 catches for 383 yards and a touchdown, and had 62 carries for 265 yards. Faulk, who has spent his entire career with the Patriots, was a second-round draft choice in 1999.