TAMPA, Fla. (CBS/AP) Tampa Bay Buccaneers reserve tight end Jerramy Stevens did not join his teammates in Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams after he was arrested and charged with possessing marijuana.
Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said in a news release that the 30-year-old Stevens was pulled over in his Ford pickup at 7:05 p.m. Saturday for loud music. The officer smelled marijuana and conducted a search.
Police reportedly found 38 grams, or one-and-a-third ounces of marijuana in Stevens' vehicle. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Stevens was previously convicted of drunk driving in 2007 and pleaded guilty to reckless driving in 2003.
Buccaneers spokesman Jonathan Grella said the team was "deeply troubled" by the recent arrest. "We take such matters quite seriously," he said. "Obviously Jerramy Stevens will not be playing today and we will treat this matter with the seriousness it deserves."
He was released on $4,500 bond early Sunday, according to ESPN.com.
Stevens signed with the Buccaneers in 2007 after spending the first five years of his career with his hometown team, the Seattle Seahawks. The former University of Washington first-round draft pick had 15 receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown last season; he has 202 career catches for 2,217 yards and 22 TDs.
He has three receptions for a total of 43 yards and no touchdowns so far this season.
Coach Raheem Morris declined to comment about Saturday's incident