Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens returned to practice Friday after missing two workouts due to a court hearing.
Unfortunately for Stevens, his return to practice might be short-lived.
According to several published reports, a Scottsdale, Ariz. jury found Stevens guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol on Friday.
The news comes just one day after the Pinellas Park Police Department announced that it planned to pursue DUI charges against wide receiver David Boston after his urinalysis tested positive for one of several illegal substances his urine was tested for after his arrest on Aug. 23.
Stevens was arrested in March after officers determined his blood-alcohol level was four times the legal limit.
Before word of the guilty verdict leaked into One Buccaneer Place, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden showed his support for Stevens, who signed with the team as a free agent in April.
“He’s back at practice today,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of Stevens. “As we’ve said all along, the process, rightfully so, is going to run its course and when it’s over he was going to be back here, and here he is. It’s great to have him back. Hopefully we can get this whole matter resolved and move on with what I think is a pretty damn good kid and a good football player’s life.”
Despite the fact that Stevens missed two days of practice this week, Gruden suggested he likely would play against the Seahawks, whom he played for from 2002-06.
“It doesn’t help your preparation [missing practice], but the great thing about modern technology is that we have everything on film and well documented,” Gruden said. “We’ve got programs and media guides and the ability to catch him up. There will be times during the season that a player does get injured, doesn’t practice during the week, but plays on Sunday and we will rely on Jerramy Stevens’ veteran background to help him do that.”
Stevens, 27, was arrested for DUI in 2003, but he pleaded guilty to reckless driving. He was sentenced to two days in prison for that crime and another five days in jail for violating his probation as it related to a previous charge.
According to the Tampa Tribune, Stevens faces at least 30 days in jail and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 2. Stevens could also be released by the Bucs and/or suspended by the National Football League as a result of Friday’s DUI conviction.
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