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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Request for quarterback's DNA withdrawn

Associated Press

ATLANTA Georgia investigators have withdrawn their request for a DNA sample from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student at a nightclub, an attorney for the player said yesterday.

Ed Garland told The Associated Press that officials withdrew the request a week ago, but declined comment on why.

"It is clear that they are doing a careful, thorough and extensive investigation," said Garland, who hoped the investigation would wrap up within a month.

Police are looking into the claim that Roethlisberger sexually assaulted the woman early March 5 at the club in Milledgeville. Roethlisberger has not been charged, and Garland has disputed the claim and has hired his own team to investigate.



New York Jets backup offensive lineman Wayne Hunter has signed his one-year tender, keeping the restricted free agent in New York after he helped pave the way for the NFL's top-ranked rushing game last season.

Hunter, entering his fourth season with the Jets, signed the deal worth about $1.2 million yesterday. He has filled in at tackle and as a blocking tight end on goal-line and short-yardage situations.

Hunter was a third-round pick of Seattle out of the University of Hawai'i in 2003 and also has played with Jacksonville in his seven-year career.

Running back Leon Washington, quarterback Kellen Clemens and cornerback Drew Coleman remain unsigned restricted free agents.


Cardinals: Arizona signed restricted free agent tight end Ben Patrick to his one-year qualifying offer.The team also re-signed safety Hamza Abdullah to a one-year contract and fullback Nehemiah Broughton to his exclusive rights contract.

49ers: San Francisco re-signed 11-year veteran offensive lineman Barry Sims to a one-year contract yesterday. Financial terms were not released.

Redskins: Washington tackle Stephen Heyer was awarded $265,000 from the NFL's performance-based pay pool, which compensates players whose playing time was disproportionate to their salaries. Heyer started every game last season while making about $467,000.