Drug charge against Shugarts dropped

Updated: March 9, 2009, 3:17 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Ohio State freshman offensive lineman J.B. Shugarts had a possession of drug paraphernalia charge dropped Monday in Franklin County Municipal Court in Columbus.

Shugarts and teammate Mike Adams faced the charge following a Jan. 14 traffic stop during which a pipe was found in their car. Lab tests on the pipe showed no trace of drugs and Garth Cox, the attorney representing both players, said Shugarts and Adams voluntarily took a drug test and passed.

The charge against Adams was dismissed last week. Shugarts' case had been continued from Wednesday.

Adams, who drove the car, had to pay a traffic fine for running a stop light, while Shugarts faces no additional penalties.

Both players are expected to compete for starting jobs along the offensive line when Ohio State opens spring drills April 2.

Adam Rittenberg covers the Big Ten for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.

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