One day after DWI, O'Neal inactive for Bengals

Updated: December 10, 2006, 2:25 PM ET
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Deltha O'Neal
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Deltha O'Neal is the eighth Bengal to be arrested since December 2005. Here's a list of the players and their problems:
Player Pos. Charges
Deltha O'Neal CB Driving while intoxicated
Reggie McNeal WR Resisting arrest
Matthias Askew DT Resisting arrest
Eric Steinbach G Boating under the influence
Chris Henry WR x-Total of five
Frostee Rucker DE Spousal battery
A.J. Nicholson LB Burglary, grand theft
Odell Thurman LB Driving while intoxicated
x-unlawful transaction with a minor (three counts), speeding, operating a vehicle under the influence, felony possession of a concealed firearm, possession of marijuana

AMELIA, Ohio -- One day after being charged with driving while intoxicated early Saturday following a traffic stop, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Deltha O'Neal was declared inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

The two-time Pro Bowl player had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10, above Ohio's legal limit of 0.08, the State Highway Patrol said. O'Neal was alone in his car and arrested at the scene, Sgt. Kevin Long said. O'Neal took a breath test and was released.

Rookie Jonathan Joseph will start for O'Neal against Oakland.

O'Neal is to appear in Clermont County Municipal Court on Dec. 12. The seven-year veteran is the eighth Bengals player arrested this year. Rookie receiver Reggie McNeal was charged with resisting arrest this week outside a Houston nightclub.

Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said Saturday he was unaware of this latest arrest. The team withholds comment on unresolved charges against players, he said.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com's John Clayton was used in this report.

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