Authorities say former Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was arrested at a New York airport after police found a loaded handgun in his luggage.
Bowers, now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was awaiting arraignment Monday on charges of criminal possession of a weapon.
Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport as he was about to board a US Airways flight to Raleigh, N.C. Authorities say the loaded .40-caliber weapon was found during a search of his carry-on bag.
A Queens district attorney’s office spokeswoman says Bowers will be charged in Criminal Court.
Bowers was chosen by the Buccaneers in the 2011 NFL draft.
He’s in police custody and can’t be reached for comment by telephone. The Buccaneers haven’t returned messages seeking comment.
PACKERS: Released veteran center Jeff Saturday.
General manager Ted Thompson announced the move Monday. Saturday signed a two-year deal with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent in March 2012 after playing 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He had been the Colts’ full-time starting center since 2000. He became a fan favorite, a key figure in the NFL Players Association and one of Peyton Manning’s closest friends.
Saturday, a six-time Pro Bowl selection in 14 seasons, was benched as a starter with two games left in the regular season in favor of Evan Dietrich-Smith.
CHIEFS: Signed former Vikings safety Husain Abdullah, who gave up football last season to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, in an attempt to add depth to their defensive backfield.
A practicing Muslim, Abdullah turned down a contract offer from Minnesota to speak at mosques across the country along with his brother, former Cardinals defensive back Hamza Abdullah.
The two of them then journeyed to Saudi Arabia.
Abdullah entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2008. The former Washington State star made 24 starts in 54 games over the next four seasons for the Vikings, making 167 tackles and two sacks with four interceptions. He also was a contributor on special teams.