Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens did not play Sunday after he was arrested Saturday night for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The first two charges are felonies, while the last one is a misdemeanor.
Stevens was arrested at 7:12 p.m. Saturday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, and released on $4,500 bond early Sunday.
Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said in a news release that Stevens was pulled over in his Ford pickup truck at 7:05 p.m. Saturday for loud music.
The officer said he smelled marijuana inside the vehicle and found 38 grams, or 1 1/3 ounce, of marijuana.
"We're deeply disappointed by this news. We take such matters seriously," Buccaneers spokesman Jonathan Grella said. "Obviously, Jerramy Stevens will not be participating today. We will address this matter with the seriousness it deserves, but in the meantime, we're focused on the Rams game."
The Bucs beat the Rams 18-17. Afterward, Bucs coach Raheem Morris declined to comment on Stevens.
Stevens, who signed with the Buccaneers in 2007 after being
released by Seattle, was convicted of driving under
the influence of alcohol in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2007 and was suspended for one game that season.
In June 2003, he pleaded guilty to reckless driving in a plea
deal after being stopped in the Seattle suburb of Medina for
investigation of drunken driving. He received a two-day jail
The 30-year-old Stevens has three receptions for 43 yards this season.
Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.