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Cowboys' Antwaun Woods Arrested on Drug Possession, Evidence Tampering Charges

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIDecember 5, 2019

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods watches against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods was arrested on Tuesday and charged with drug possession and tampering with evidence. 

The Frisco Police Department in Texas told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Thursday that Woods was arrested after a traffic stop. Per Rapoport, the official charges against Woods were "possession of marijuana over two ounces but less than four ounces, tampering with evidence, and he was cited for possession of paraphernalia." 

Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News offered additional details:

"Around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Woods was observed not signaling a lane change while driving eastbound on Highway 380 at 77 mph in a 60-mph zone that soon dropped to 55, according to a police report. An officer stopped Woods and detected a marijuana odor from inside the vehicle. Upon search, the cigarette was found in the center console, floating inside a bottle half-full with water. Woods disclosed, per the report, that he was smoking the cigarette and placed it inside the bottle upon noticing the officer in pursuit. A backpack containing paraphernalia and additional marijuana was discovered in the car. He was charged with marijuana weighing more than 2 ounces but less than 4, and he is no longer in custody, a Frisco police spokesman said Thursday morning."

Woods has not practiced this week. He was officially ruled out Wednesday for the Cowboys' Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears. Woods has been dealing with an MCL sprain suffered in the fourth quarter of Dallas' Week 12 loss to the New England Patriots

Stacey Dales of NFL Network noted that Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett met with Woods and told him he would not travel with the team for the game, something Woods would have done despite the injury.

Prior to that, Woods was sent home from practice by Garrett on Oct. 29 because he was late to the team's morning meeting.

Michael Gehlken @GehlkenNFL

Antwaun Woods: “I was late. It won’t happen again. I’m never late. I’ve probably been late one time in four years of being in the NFL, one time in five years of college.” Woods added he was “pissed” at being sent home but respects Jason Garrett’s decision. Hill declined comment.

"My world, where I come from, I'd been cut before," Woods noted following Garrett's decision (h/t USA Today's Jori Epstein). "My team working, I need to be working. So I was pissed about that. But at the end of the day, I messed up."

The 26-year-old went undrafted out of USC in 2016. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans but split time between the roster and practice squad while playing in just one game. The Titans waived Woods in May 2018, and he then joined the Cowboys. 

Woods earned a roster spot and excelled in 2018, starting 15 games and logging 1.5 sacks and 34 tackles.

Woods has started eight games this season, tallying 15 tackles (seven solo) and one fumble recovery.