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Bucs safety Jermaine Phillips arrested, charged with choking his wife

TAMPA — Bucs safety Jermaine Phillips was jailed Sunday, accused of choking his wife after she questioned him about a woman's phone number she found in his cell phone.

Authorities held Phillips, 30, without bail on a charge of domestic battery by strangulation, a third-degree felony.

According to an incident report, Phillips' wife of almost a year awoke him at about 4:35 a.m. Sunday to ask about the phone number. The couple argued. They were in the living room when Phillips grabbed his wife's neck, impeding her breathing, the report states.

Saying she was going to walk the dog, Phillips' wife then left their home on Derbyshire Drive in northwest Tampa.

After being read his rights, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Phillips admitted to pushing his wife by her neck with his right hand, the report states. He was arrested at 4:50 a.m.

The most recent Bucs media guide says Phillips is married to the former Adrianne Sherman.

The 2009 season was brief for Phillips. In September, shortly after moving back to safety after experimenting at linebacker, Phillips suffered a badly broken left thumb and was placed on injured reserve. He is scheduled to become a free agent in March.

Drafted by the Bucs in the fifth round in 2002 out of Georgia, Phillips has played each of his eight seasons in Tampa Bay, the past seven as a starter. But his long history of injuries probably make him a long shot to return to the team for the 2010 season.

The team said in a statement, "The Buccaneers are aware of the serious charges against Jermaine Phillips and will monitor the situation closely."

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

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