TAMPA — After his arrest on felony drug charges Saturday night, Bucs tight end Jerramy Stevens was held out of Sunday's win against the Rams and could be released from the roster as early as today.
Though the team did not announce a definitive decision about Stevens' future, it's clear team officials aren't taking the matter lightly.
"It was extremely disappointing news to hear (Saturday) night," general manager Mark Dominik said just before Sunday's kickoff. "Obviously, Jerramy isn't going to participate in the game. We'll deal with it as an organization (today)."
Stevens, 30, is charged with felony possession of cannabis with intent to sell, felony possession of cannabis and a misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia, Tampa police said.
A police sergeant pulled Stevens over just after 7 p.m. at Cypress Street and West Shore Boulevard for loud music, police said. After smelling marijuana coming from the inside of the purple 2006 Ford truck, the sergeant searched it and found 38 grams of marijuana.
Stevens was arrested and taken to Orient Road Jail, police said. He was released on $4,500 bail a few hours later.
The scene of the arrest was not far from the team hotel. Players were instructed to report there by 8 p.m., as they do the night before all home games.
Stevens has a history of alcohol-related arrests, including a 2007 conviction for extreme drunken driving in Arizona that resulted in a league suspension and a 30-day jail sentence. It marked his third alcohol-related arrest and came with stiffer penalties because of his high blood-alcohol content. Stevens was initially accused of marijuana possession in that incident, but the charge was not pursued by prosecutors.
During his time at the University of Washington, in 2000, Stevens was accused of sexual assault but was not criminally charged after a lengthy police investigation.
Backup tight end John Gilmore filled in against the Rams. The team's featured tight end, Kellen Winslow, caught five passes for 44 yards. If Stevens is released, it's likely the Bucs will promote tight end Ryan Purvis from the practice squad.