Bengals rookie McNeal faces drug charge after arrest

Updated: December 8, 2006, 4:43 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Cincinnati Bengals rookie receiver Reggie McNeal faces a drug charge stemming from his arrest earlier this week outside a Houston nightclub.

McNeal, a former Texas A&M quarterback already charged with resisting arrest, allegedly had a cigarette that contained an antihistamine that is sometimes used as a sedative, Houston police spokesman Gabe Ortiz said Friday.

The misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous drug was added Tuesday, two days after McNeal scuffled with police when he was refused entry into The Red Door nightclub, Ortiz said.

McNeal is out on bond and scheduled to appear in court next week.

McNeal set an A&M record with 6,992 passing yards and rushed for 1,889 yards, the second most by an Aggies quarterback. The Lufkin, Texas, native set a Big 12 record with 213 consecutive passes without an interception.

McNeal was the Bengals' sixth-round pick and has played sparingly.

He is the seventh Bengals player arrested this year.


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