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Cardinals' Robert Nkemdiche Arrested for Speeding, Driving on Suspended License

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2019

Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche (90) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Ralph Freso/Associated Press

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Robert Nkemdiche was reportedly arrested on charges of speeding and driving on a suspended license.

ABC 15's Clayton Klapper (h/t Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic) reported the news on Wednesday after obtaining a police report that said the Ole Miss product was arrested two weeks ago in Scottsdale, Arizona. During the traffic stop, police discovered Nkemdiche was also wanted on a previous warrant for driving with a suspended license and missing a court appearance.

The Cardinals selected Nkemdiche with a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and he played his first three seasons in the NFL with the NFC West team.

The police report revealed Nkemdiche was driving 75 mph in a 45 mph zone and said he was on his way to practice when he was pulled over.

"The report also states that police found a white powdery substance, consistent with cocaine, in a small credit card case in his center console," Klapper wrote. "However, police say the substance was not tested, and instead was impounded for destruction, with Nkemdiche's consent."

The Cardinals released a statement: "We are aware of the June 6th incident involving Robert Nkemdiche. We have alerted the NFL office in accordance with the league’s personal conduct policy and will comment further when appropriate."

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This comes after Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported the Cardinals declined the fifth-year option on Nkemdiche’s contract in May, meaning the 2019 campaign will be the fourth and final season of his rookie deal.

Nkemdiche played 10 games last season but tore his ACL in December.

The injury puts the start of his 2019 season into question after he tallied a career-high 4.5 sacks last year.

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