Police say Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff didn’t seem drunk at first when they pulled him over this week.
The 31-year-old Ratliff was arrested shortly after midnight Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Ratliff was arrested after his pickup truck sideswiped a semitrailer truck in Grapevine, 20 miles northwest of Dallas.
A search warrant affidavit released Wednesday says Ratliff did not appear to show any signs of intoxication at first. Grapevine police Officer Eric Barch says he investigated further because nighttime wrecks often involve drunken drivers and people in good physical shape can hide signs of intoxication.
PRO BOWL: The NFC team ended its first Pro Bowl practice by breaking the huddle and shouting, “Win.” One night earlier, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning asked his fellow all-stars to play the game hard.
And players on both sides of the Pro Bowl pledged Wednesday to play more determined in a game with a reputation of being taken less seriously than preseason exhibitions or meaningless Week 17 contests.
Denver cornerback Champ Bailey says players should take the honor of a Pro Bowl seriously because they never know when they will get the opportunity to return.
The future of the game to be held Sunday in Hawaii is uncertain.
BROWNS: Norv Turner will call plays for the Browns’ next season.
It’s not yet certain who will run them.
First-year Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski said Wednesday that “it’s premature” to name Brandon Weeden as the starting quarterback in 2013.
RAIDERS: Hired Tony Sparano as an assistant head coach who will work with the offensive line.