Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was arrested last month in Georgia and charged with multiple counts, including driving under the influence, Bob McManaman reported Monday night. Criminal records show Abraham was detained by police in DeKalb County on June 29. The five-time Pro Bowl player was not at a conditioning test Friday at Cardinals training camp, prompting head coach Bruce Arians to only say he was excused for "personal reasons."
McManaman reported the team was aware of Abraham's arrest but had no comment on the matter. Abraham, described recently by Arians as 'a freak of nature', has a previous DUI arrest stemming from a 2003 incident on Long Island.
Abraham could potentially face a fine and suspension from the NFL. Losing Abraham would be a big blow to the Cardinals. The 13-year veteran is the NFL's active career leader in sacks with 133.5. He is ninth on the league's all-time sacks list and is tied for the all-time NFL lead in forced fumbles.
If the NFL is to suspend Abraham, the decision will possibly come under more scrutiny than usual. The NFL came under fire last week for a controversial two-game suspension of Baltimore Raven Ray Rice in response to video showing Rice allegedly beating his fiancée unconscious and dragging her body from an elevator.
- Will Green