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Texans OL Weary back at practice day after arrest

11/15/2006 - NFL Fred Weary Houston Texans + more

HOUSTON -- Texans offensive lineman Fred Weary was back at
practice Wednesday, a day after he was shot with a Taser and
arrested during a traffic stop.

Weary was released from Houston's Central Jail on $1,000 bond
and faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest and search, said
Houston Police Officer Johanna Abad. It wasn't clear when he was
released, Abad said.

"The incident that I was involved in was a very unfortunate
situation, and I'm sorry that it has caused a distraction to the
team and my family," Weary said in a statement released by the
team. "I am seeking legal counsel, and I am confident that the
truth will be revealed as the facts of the case unfold. I want to
put this behind me and focus on playing football."

According to a police report, the 29-year-old Weary was pulled
over Tuesday in an area near Reliant Stadium where police are on
alert because of criminal activity. Police said they noticed Weary
"looking very suspicious," and they pulled him over when they
noticed the Chevy Impala SS he was driving didn't have a front
license plate.

The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Weary angrily asked why he had been
pulled over, police said. After he was asked to step out of his
car, Weary remained combative and refused their commands, police
said. He was shot with a Taser after stepping toward the officers
when he was ordered to put his hands on the vehicle.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Weary wouldn't face disciplinary
action at this point and that team officials were still "gathering
information and understanding exactly what took place."

"Fred, since he's been here with this organization, has been a
model teammate and a model Texan for ... [owner Bob McNair] and
this organization," Kubiak said Wednesday. "That was before I got
here, and he's been the same since I got here. He's a great kid,
and I think a lot of him."

Weary has appeared in eight games and started five this season
at right guard. Kubiak credited him with helping to make a key
block on a fourth-and-inches play that sealed Houston's 13-10
victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.

He has spent his entire five-year career with the Texans after
they drafted him in the third round in 2002. He has played in 44
games.