One of the Seattle Seahawks' biggest on-field unsung heroes is in hot water off the field, as fullback Derrick Coleman was arrested Thursday morning.
According to the Seattle Times, Coleman was arrested in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, Washington, and is being investigated for his alleged role in a vehicular assault and hit-and-run incident.
King 5 News confirmed the news and reported Coleman was booked into the King County Jail. He was released Friday, the King County prosecutors office announced, via Gregg Bell of the Seattle Times:
Gregg Bell @gbellseattle
Statement from King County prosecutor's office on #Seahawk FB Derrick Coleman being released from jail later today http://t.co/yQ98YT3Pf02015-10-16 17:23:52
Following the arrest, the Seahawks announced Coleman was "suspended indefinitely pending further information."
Coleman's agents Derrick Fox and Mark Bloom issued a statement, per Eric Edholm of Shutdown Corner:
On the evening of October 15, 2015, Seattle Seahawk Fullback Derrick Coleman, Jr. was involved in a two-car collision soon after leaving a team meeting. While the facts of the case are still being determined, it seems Derrick may have fallen asleep while driving home from a Seahawks’ facility.
The health and well-being of all involved is our primary concern, and we are thankful to report that both parties are expected to make a full recovery. We will continue to work closely with the local officials while a full investigation is being conducted.
Police would not say what Coleman said to them regarding his reasoning for leaving the scene, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
According to Danny Kelly of FieldGulls.com, police said Coleman was cooperative and took a field sobriety test.
Few additional details are known regarding the circumstances surrounding Coleman's arrest. The 24-year-old player is in the midst of his fourth NFL season, and he has made two starts for the Seahawks thus far in 2015.
The former UCLA standout has been used sparingly, with just one carry and one catch to his credit this season; however, he has acted as a lead blocker for the likes of Marshawn Lynch, Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson, as well as a special teams contributor.
Coleman has 96 total offensive yards and two touchdowns over the course of his career, and he won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks two seasons ago.
He is also the third deaf player in NFL history, per ESPN.com's Tom Friend, and he has served as an inspiration to many because of that.
The Seahawks do have another fullback, Will Tukuafu, on the roster, and he figures to be in line for an expanded role with Coleman suspended.
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