Dallas Cowboys’ tight end Rico Gathers was arrested Thursday night and charged with marijuana possession less than 24 hours before the team had to cut the cast for 53 athletes.
Gathers was released from prison this morning after paying bail. He was detained at approximately 22:52 local time on Parkwood Boulevard, Frisco, Texas. Police said he was found with less than 57 grams of marijuana.
A Dallas Cowboys official said the team is investigating the situation.
Gathers is in a bubble cast of the Arlington team, but is a favorite of owner and general manager Jerry Jones. He picked up ten passes for 83 yards in the preseason, but it was the fourth tight end, behind Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin and freshman Dalton Schultz.
The Texan team selected Gathers in the sixth round of the 2016 draft even though he did not play in college. He played as a pivot in the Big 12 and was among one of the top players who took rebounds in the United States.
He spent the last season in the injured reserve after suffering concussion in a workout and in 2016 he was in practice squad.