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BBAO: Evan Rodriguez apologizes

6/3/2013

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Friday, I wondered if a second offseason arrest for tight end Evan Rodriguez would end his tenure with the Chicago Bears. Based on a statement released by the team Sunday afternoon, it appears that no immediate action is planned and that Rodriguez will remain on the roster.

Rodriguez was arrested for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane change early Friday morning. In the statement, Rodriguez apologized for the incident and pledged to "make positive changes in my life so that this doesn't happen again." That portion of the statement implies the Bears have given him another chance.

In March, Rodriguez was arrested for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication in Miami Beach, Fla. Prosecutors ultimately dropped those charges. Rodriguez was drafted last year as a tight end but mostly played fullback in the Bears' offense. The assumption is that he is on the shortest leash imaginable with the franchise, and the NFL will by rule review both arrests for possible discipline.

Continuing around the NFC North: