Former Ohio State lineman Downing faces drug charges

Updated: November 10, 2008, 7:04 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former Ohio State starting offensive lineman T.J. Downing has been charged with drug trafficking, felony drug abuse and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Franklin County Municipal Court records show that the 24-year-old Downing was arrested in the Columbus suburb of Grandview Heights on Sunday.

A native of Canton, Downing lettered three years for the Buckeyes, from 2004 through the 2006 season that ended with a lopsided loss to Florida in the national championship game.

Downing was not drafted but signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in April 2007. He was cut before the season began.

Online court filings showed his current address in Sunbury, but did not list an attorney. A home number for Downing couldn't be found in directories.

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