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Former standout safety accused of rape

Former All-Pro safety Darren Sharper is being investigated for two sexual assaults in Los Angeles.

Former All-Pro safety Darren Sharper is being investigated for two sexual assaults in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Former NFL star safety Darren Sharper was arrested on suspicion of rape, the Los Angeles Police Department said Saturday.

Sharper, who played 14 seasons with Green Bay, Minnesota and New Orleans and was a six-time All-Pro, was arrested and released on $200,000 bail late Friday night. He faces a Feb. 14 court appearance.

Saturday afternoon, the NFL Network said it had suspended Sharper, 38, as an analyst.

The LAPD said it is investigating Sharper in connection with two sexual assaults that occurred in October and earlier this month in the west Los Angeles area.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Police Department said it is investigating an allegation of sexual assault filed against Sharper on Sept. 24. No details were disclosed.

Bucs complete staff

Bucs coach Lovie Smith filled the last opening on his staff, announcing the hiring of longtime NFL assistant George Warhop as offensive line coach.

Warhop, 52, spent the past five years as the Browns' offensive line coach. Before that, he spent four years coaching the 49ers' offensive line and had stints with the Cardinals (1998-2002) and Cowboys (2003-04). He got his start in the NFL as assistant offensive line coach with the Rams in 1996-97.

Jets QB incident: Jets quarterback Geno Smith was escorted from a Los Angeles airport terminal after a dispute with a flight attendant late Friday. According to espn.com, Smith was questioned by police and released with no arrest after a flight attendant yanked his headphones away from him after he refused to take them off while he was on the plane before takeoff. The report says Smith left the plane voluntarily and sought the police himself. The Jets said they are looking into the incident.

Titans: Ray Horton was hired as defensive coordinator. He had been the Browns' defensive coordinator this season and was new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt's defensive coordinator in Arizona from 2011-12.

Vikings: Former Redskins, Raiders and Chargers coach Norv Turner will become offensive coordinator, cbssports.com reported. Last season, he was the Browns' offensive coordinator.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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