The Indianapolis Colts will cut their starting defensive tackle Ed Johnson after he was arrested Wednesday morning on a drug possession charge.
Johnson was stopped for speeding between midnight and 1 a.m. on Interstate 465 just north of Indianapolis. Police charged him with marijuana possession, according to Colt's president Bill Polian. He was later released on bond from the Hamilton County Jail.
"Ed was well aware that his past history required him to be in complete compliance with club rules," Polian wrote in a statement released by the team. "He was repeatedly told this during the off-season. Along with his teammates, he was reminded as recently as yesterday of Coach Dungy's rules of behavior. Unfortunately, he chose to violate those rules. Given the circumstances surrounding Ed’s original employment with the Colts, we feel in this case that we have no choice but to take this action."
This is not the first time Johnson had a run-in with officials. In 2005, Johnson was temporarily expelled from Penn State for violating the school's policy for sexual misconduct and confining another student against the student's will. After he was reinstated in 2006, he was suspended from playing in the Outback Bowl for violating team rules.
The arrest couldn't have come at a worse time for the Colts. They allowed Chicago to run for 153 yards and average 4.7 yards per carry in a season-opening 29-13 loss. And now they must face back-to-back games against two of the NFL's best running tandems: Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor, and Jacksonville's Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.