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Disoriented former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Arron Sears taken into custody

TAMPA — Former Bucs guard Arron Sears, whose career ended in April because of an undisclosed psychological problem, was arrested Saturday on an outstanding warrant in connection with battery of a law enforcement officer.

Witnesses called police when Sears was seen wandering in the middle of the road near 7950 Gunn Highway, said Deputy Larry McKinnon, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Sears seemed disoriented, McKinnon said. While deputies checked Sears' driver's license, the warrant was discovered. He was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer June 5 by the Tampa Police Department.

Sears was booked into the Hillsborough County jail at 3:09 p.m. and had not been released. Bail was set at $2,000. Jail records show he was being held under the Baker Act, which empowers police officers to take to hospitals for mental evaluation people who appear likely to harm themselves or others.

Sears, a second-round pick in 2007, was named to the all-rookie team and started 31 games over his first two seasons. But he suffered an undisclosed psychological problem before the 2009 season and was later placed on the non-football related illness list.

He returned to workouts near the end of last season but was released in April.

Broncos bench star: Denver stripped linebacker D.J. Williams of his captaincy and won't start him today because of his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. The Broncos also fined their leading tackler an undisclosed amount for missing practice and a meeting Friday, when he was in a detox facility. Williams was arrested about 3 a.m. Friday when police spotted him driving his car without headlights. He was cited for DUI, a misdemeanor, as well as driving without headlights and taken to a detox facility. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13. He showed up at team headquarters shortly after practice started Friday but left after a few minutes.

Redskins: Coach Mike Shanahan said tailback Ryan Torain is close to full speed after suffering a hamstring injury two weeks ago against the Lions. He added tailback Clinton Portis, who has missed four games with a torn left groin, will be a game-time decision.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Disoriented former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Arron Sears taken into custody 11/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 13, 2010 10:20pm]
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