Carolina Panthers release former USC standout Dwayne Jarrett
The Carolina Panthers released receiver Dwayne Jarrett on Tuesday, hours after his second arrest on a charge of driving while impaired in less than three years.
The Panthers replaced him with David Clowney, who was claimed off waivers from the New York Jets to help a depleted receiving corps Jarrett, the former USC standout, did little to boost his stock before his latest legal trouble.
Jarrett managed only 35 catches and one touchdown in four seasons in Carolina, and the Panthers (0-4) have started two rookies ahead of him in the No. 2 receiver spot this season.
“I talked to Dwayne and told him the situation here is just not working out for either side,” General Manager Marty Hurney said. “We had a chance to pick up off waivers a receiver we considered claiming when he became available four weeks ago. We wish Dwayne the best.”
Jarrett was pulled over on Interstate 77 in Charlotte for speeding shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman Bob Fey. He said Jarrett declined to take a breath test to determine his blood-alcohol content and results of the ensuing blood test won’t be known for several weeks.
The 24-year-old player was released on $2,000 bond. Jarrett’s first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
After a rookie season in 2007 spent mostly on the inactive list, Jarrett was arrested in March 2008 in a Charlotte suburb after police say he crossed the center line and ran a red light. The police report said Jarrett’s blood-alcohol level was .12, above North Carolina’s legal limit of .08. Jarrett pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, was fined $420 and ordered to perform community service.
Bills trade Lynch to Seahawks
Bills running back Marshawn Lynch was traded to Seattle, and the Seahawks made room for him by releasing Julius Jones.
The Bills said they will receive undisclosed draft picks for Lynch.
Buffalo’s move to deal Lynch clears the way for more playing time for Fred Jackson and first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller.
Jones led the Seahawks (2-2) in rushing the last two seasons.
Roethlisberger looks good in practice
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced for the first time since his four-game suspension ended. On the first pass he threw, Roethlisberger found wide receiver Mike Wallace far downfield for an over-the-shoulder catch of a perfectly thrown football.
“We have our whole team here, and we have our leader — our quarterback — back with us,” Wallace said. “He makes everybody better. The offense is definitely going to go in another direction.”
Roethlisberger showed no rust or lack of rhythm in his first practice since training camp, zipping passes throughout a 30-minute passing drill that was incorporated into the practice to quickly get him and his receivers back in sync.
Owners preparing for lockout?
NFL Players Assn. Executive Director DeMaurice Smith sees new signs that owners are preparing for a football-free 2011.
Speaking at a tailgate-style fan luncheon a few blocks from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., Smith referred to a recent Sports Business Journal report that said the NFL is requiring banks that lend money to its teams to extend grace periods for loan defaults through the end of the 2011 season in the event of a lockout.
“That to me is a step where the owners are protecting themselves in the event that there is no season,” Smith said.
The Miami Dolphins fired special teams coordinator John Bonamego after the Dolphins were victimized in Monday night’s loss to New England…. The Jacksonville Jaguars released veteran quarterback Todd Bouman and signed sixth-year defensive lineman C.J. Mosley…. The Tennessee Titans put defensive end Derrick Morgan on injured reserve…. The Chicago Bears released defensive end Mark Anderson and signed defensive end Charles Grant. … Washington running back Clinton Portis said he doesn’t think his injured groin will allow him to play this week against the Green Bay Packers.