Rogers to plead not guilty
CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers apologized to his fans and his team yesterday, saying he didn't intend to carry a loaded gun in his luggage as he tried to pass through airport security.
Rogers, arguably the Browns' best player, plans to plead not guilty to a concealed weapons charge, his lawyer said.
A prosecutor filed the fourth-degree felony charge alleging Rogers carried a .45-caliber Kimber semiautomatic with eight rounds in his carry-on luggage at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Rogers, 31, posted bond of $1,000 after spending a night in jail following his Thursday arrest. Defense attorney Patrick D'Angelo said Rogers would be in court this morning to enter a not guilty plea and waive a preliminary hearing.
Rogers told reporters he didn't mean to take the gun into the airport and was sorry. He apologized to his family and fans and to the Browns.
"By no means did I intend or willingly or knowingly take a firearm into the airport," he said. "That's not something I would do."
After participating in the Browns' voluntary offseason program, Rogers was on his way back home to Houston to spend Easter with his family when police say he was stopped with the weapon. Police say he was traveling with teammate Robaire Smith.
Rogers told officers that he had forgotten the gun was in his bag and that he carried it for personal safety during travel. Police say Rogers has a license in Michigan to carry a concealed weapon.
HOLMES FACING ASSAULT CHARGES
A Florida woman who sued Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes over an alleged assault now wants to press charges, police said yesterday.
Anshonae Mills, 21, filed a lawsuit March 24 claiming Holmes grabbed her face and threw a glass at her March 7 in an Orlando nightclub, cutting her above the eye. In the lawsuit, she said Holmes and a police officer intimidated her so she wouldn't press charges.
Mills changed her mind, and the case has been reopened, Orlando police Sgt. Barbara Jones said in an e-mail yesterday.
Cardinals: Arizona has come to terms on a two-year deal with free agent kicker Jay Feely. Feely connected on 30 of 36 field-goal attempts last season for the New York Jets. He has made 231 of 283 field-goal attempts since entering the league in 2001.
Cowboys: Dallas released five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Flozell Adams and safety Ken Hamlin two years after both signed long-term contracts. Adams was coming off his 12th season with Dallas. Hamlin was a Pro Bowl pick in 2007.
Chargers: San Diego running back-kick returner Darren Sproles signed his one-year contract tender worth $7,283,000. Sproles had been a restricted free agent.
Redskins: Washington added another veteran running back to the roster, agreeing to terms with 29-year-old Willie Parker for a one-year deal that could be worth as much as $3.1 million with incentives. The Redskins already have 28-year-old Clinton Portis returning, and they recently signed 30-year-old Larry Johnson to a three-year, incentive-laden deal.