Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana on Friday night, Frisco (Texas) Police Department public information officer James Willis confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Saturday.
Gathers was arrested around 10 p.m. and spent the night in jail before posting bond Saturday morning around 10:30 a.m., according to police records. His arrest occurred less than 24 hours before the 4 p.m. ET Saturday NFL deadline for teams to cut their rosters down to 53 from 90 players.
Gathers did make the 53-man roster.
Gathers, who spent the 2017 season on injured reserve, was selected by the Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2016 draft despite little football experience. At 6-6, he played basketball at Baylor and was one of the nation's leading rebounders.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hinted earlier this week that Gathers was well-positioned to survive the cut, saying in his weekly radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan, "we do make decisions based on future potential."
The Cowboys issued a statement Saturday that read, "Rico would like to express his gratitude and respect to the Frisco PD for their professionalism. …Rico sincerely apologizes to his teammates and the Cowboys organization for any distraction his arrest may cause as the team prepares to start the season."
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