South Carolina offensive lineman Na’Ty Rodgers was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and consumption of alcohol by a minor.
Columbia police were called to a disturbance around 12:30 a.m. Sunday and said they found the redshirt freshman acting in a loud and boisterous manner. A police report said officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol.
Rodgers has been suspended from the team indefinitely, under South Carolina athletics department policy.
He was competing for playing time at right guard. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder from Waldorf, Md., signed with the Gamecocks last year.
VANDERBILT: Lawyers for a former Commodores player accused in a gang rape on the school’s campus have asked that charges against Brandon Vandenburg be dropped or the district attorney’s office in Nashville be disqualified from prosecuting the case.
In court documents filed late Monday afternoon, Vandenburg’s attorneys accused prosecutors of overreaching and bringing “sham charges” against their client. They also accused prosecutors with the Davidson County district attorney general’s office of interfering with Vandenburg’s choice of lawyers and failing to turn over evidence to the defense.
Vandenburg and three other former Vanderbilt football players are accused of raping an unconscious student. All have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
NFL MEETINGS: Roger Goodell says the NFL will meet April 8 with the players union to discuss improving the workplace environment.
In the wake of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, league representatives have met with some 40 players in the last three months, as well as with the Dolphins and outside organizations, the Commissioner said Monday at the NFL owners meetings.
The league is trying to get “as much input as possible. It’s more about people understanding the importance of a proper workplace.”
CARDINALS: Linebacker Daryl Washington pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend last year.
Washington, 27, had a change of plea hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 23, but it wasn’t immediately clear what he could be facing.
49ERS: A person with knowledge of the deal says veteran special teams standout and wide receiver Kassim Osgood agreed to terms on a new one-year deal.
STEELERS: Signed linebacker Arthur Moats to a one-year contract.
GRANT: The NFL Foundation is giving USA Football a five-year, $45 million grant to expand the already burgeoning Heads Up Football program that teaches safe tackling to youths.