New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, speeding and driving without insurance after being pulled over by police last weekend.
Ellis, the Jets' longest-tenured player, was stopped last Saturday in Hanover, N.J., a few miles from the team's training facility, after speeding, the Daily Record of Morris County reported on its Web site yesterday.
Capt. Shawn Waldron, the information officer for the Hanover Township Police, wasn't available for comment last night and wasn't due back at the station until today.
Ellis played the day after the arrest in New York's 34-17 loss to Denver, and a team spokesman confirmed that he will play Sunday at San Francisco.
"I apologize to my family, the fans and the organization," Ellis said in a statement issued by the team last night. "As a captain, I set a poor and selfish example for my teammates, as well as all NFL players. Although this is a pending legal matter, I understand that I have to be responsible for my actions."
This is believed to be Ellis' first offense, which means he won't be suspended by the league, but will be enrolled in the league's substance-abuse program.
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement that he and coach Eric Mangini both spoke to Ellis about the incident.
"He is disappointed with himself and has apologized for his actions," Tannenbaum said. "Personal conduct is important and an area that we stress to the entire organization. Shaun has been a leader on this team and I am confident that he will handle this in the appropriate fashion. The legal process will run its course and the league will handle this matter."
* A federal judge will be asked to decide today whether five suspended NFL players deserve a chance to play this weekend.
At issue is whether the league had a duty to notify its players and their union that a dietary supplement the five took contained a banned ingredient. The NFL Players Association argues in a lawsuit filed yesterday that the NFL knew about the tainted supplement but failed to share that information with players whose careers were on the line.
The union filed the lawsuit to block the suspensions of five of the six players who were benched this week for violating the league's anti-doping policy. The union wants Kevin Williams and Pat Williams of the Minnesota Vikings, and Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister and Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints, to be eligible to play Sunday.
The five players were suspended for four games for testing positive in training camp in July and August for the banned diuretic bumetanide, which can be used as a masking agent for steroids.
* Former Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers is being held in the Oakland County (Mich.) Jail on $100,000 bond for a probation violation. Jail records show Rogers, 28, has been locked up since Wednesday.
The Oakland Press of Pontiac and the Detroit Free Press reported that Rogers was arrested Sept. 12 in Novi following an incident involving him and a woman. Rogers was later charged with assault and battery, pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of trespassing and was sentenced to probation and partial confinement.
In last night's game:
* CHARGERS 34, RAIDERS 7: At San Diego, LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 3-yard run and Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, including a 59-yarder to Vincent Jackson, to give the Chargers (5-8) an easy victory over Oakland (3-10).
It was San Diego's 11th straight win over their archrivals in a series dating to the birth of the AFL in 1960. *