Browns RB Green arrested on DUI, marijuana charges

Updated: October 29, 2003, 8:03 PM ET

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns running back William Green pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges of marijuana possession and driving under the influence.

Green was arrested Monday after police received a call from a motorist reporting a possible drunken driver. An officer found a bag of marijuana weighing 3.2 grams in the car, and a breath test indicated Green had a blood-alcohol content of .165, more than twice the state's limit, police said.

Green, who leads Cleveland with 559 yards on 142 carries, was released on bond. He and his attorney did not comment after the arraignment.

If convicted of the DUI charge, Green could be put on probation or face up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. His license could be suspended for up to three years. The marijuana charge is a misdemeanor and carries a $100 fine.

Browns president Carmen Policy said the case would be handled within the organization. Cleveland (3-5) next plays on Nov. 9 at Kansas City, and it was unclear if Green would be available.

In 2001, Browns coach Butch Davis suspended defensive tackle Gerard Warren, fullback Mike Sellers and cornerback Lamar Chapman for one game without pay following their arrests in separate cases.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said any player breaking alcohol or drug laws could be fined and suspended.

Green, in his second NFL season, missed Cleveland's game last Sunday against the New England Patriots with a separated right shoulder. It would have been a homecoming of sorts for Green, who starred at Boston College before turning pro after his junior season.

While at BC, Green was twice suspended from the team for marijuana use. The Browns made him the 16th overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft.

Following a slow start as a rookie, Green ran for 887 yards -- 726 in his final seven games -- as the Browns won seven of their last 10 games to earn a playoff spot.

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