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Friday, February 14, 2014
Snelling's court date pushed back a week

By Vaughn McClure

The arraignment hearing for Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling on misdemeanor drug charges, scheduled for Friday, was postponed as a result of inclement weather in the Atlanta area the previous few days.

According to City of Winder (Ga.) court records, all cases from Friday were postponed until Feb. 21. Snelling’s lawyer previously asked for and was granted a continuance in December.

Snelling was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession (less than one ounce) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Winder police officer Chris Cooper said Snelling was arrested following a traffic stop on Nov. 15 of last year. Cooper said officers pulled over Snelling's SUV after noticing it weaving and crossing the center line. Cooper said officers smelled marijuana inside the vehicle and determined Snelling did not have a valid driver's license or insurance. He also was cited for improper use of a dealer plate.

Snelling was released after posting $3,121 bond.

A few days following the arrest, Snelling addressed the media.

"I just want to start off first apologizing to my family, my teammates and my coaches for the actions that followed me this past weekend," Snelling said. "Also want to apologize to our owner, Arthur Blank, and our general manager, Thomas Dimitroff, and our head coach, Coach [Mike] Smith, for my actions. I made a mistake and I'm very apologetic about it. And I'm ready to move forward from it.’’

The seven-year veteran is signed through 2014. He is due to count $1,733,334 against the cap in 2014 while making a base salary of 1,375,000.

As of now, the Falcons would enter 2014 with three running backs carrying salary-cap numbers over $1 million: Steven Jackson ($4.16 million), Jacquizz Rodgers ($1.43 million) and Snelling.

Snelling rushed for 164 yards and one touchdown on 44 attempts and caught 29 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns this past season. He missed one game due to a concussion and missed one game following his marijuana arrest.