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Fourth Charger to get in trouble, DB Curry is released

SAN DIEGO -- Chargers practice squad cornerback Markus Curry
was released by the team Monday, just hours after he was arrested
on suspicion of committing domestic violence.

"It is disappointing. I think that goes without saying."

Chargers coach Mary Schottenheimer

It was the fifth run-in with the law by a Chargers player since
April, and the first time the team reacted by dropping the player.

Curry was arrested following a traffic stop, according to San
Diego Police Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz. He was booked
into San Diego Central Jail on a count of inflicting bodily injury
to a spousal cohabitant and held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Curry was on the Chargers' opening day roster as a backup
cornerback and played as a substitute in the first two games of the
season. He was released on Sept. 30 to make room for safety Steve
Gregory, but signed to the practice squad on Oct. 3.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer said he had no details but that word
of the arrest was discouraging.

"It is disappointing. I think that goes without saying,"
Schottenheimer said.

General manager A.J. Smith didn't immediately return a call
seeking comment.

While at Michigan in 2001, Curry was suspended after being
charged with domestic violence. He was sentenced to one year
probation. In 2002, he was one of two Wolverines players shot at a
campus-area party.

Curry signed with the Chargers as a free agent in 2005.

Chargers outside linebacker Steve Foley was shot three times
outside his suburban home on Sept. 3 by an off-duty Coronado police
officer who suspected him of drunk driving. Foley is out for the
season and will lose at least $775,000 in pay.

In April, Foley was arrested for scuffling with a San Diego
police officer. Linebacker Shaun Phillips was arrested in a similar
incident the same month. Neither was charged with any crime.

Starting strong safety Terrence Kiel was arrested at team
headquarters in September and charged with five felony counts of
mailing codeine-based cough syrup to Texas. He has pleaded not
guilty.

Kiel missed the Chargers' game at Baltimore on Oct. 1 but
returned to practice last week and started Sunday night against the
Pittsburgh Steelers.