Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers was arrested at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Thursday afternoon when he attempted to board a plane with a loaded handgun.
According to a press release from the Cleveland Division of Police, Rogers was arrested at 12:15 p.m. While at a security checkpoint at Concourse C, a loaded 45-caliber handgun was discovered in his carry-on luggage. The statement said he was placed under arrest ''without incident.''
Rogers was booked for carrying a concealed weapon, a third-degree felony, but no charges have been filed. Cleveland's First District Detective Unit is handling the investigation.
Rogers spent much of the day in the Cleveland city jail. Jail spokesmen gave conflicting reports on whether he was released in the evening.
WOIO Channel 19 reported that Rogers told officers he forgot the gun was in the bag.
Even if he avoids charges, Rogers could face an NFL suspension for violation of the league's personal conduct policy. The policy states that ''it is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime.''
The league's policy also includes the ''unlawful possession of a weapon outside the workplace.'' It is not known if Rogers has a permit for the handgun.
''We are aware of what transpired with Shaun Rogers,'' Browns president Mike Holmgren said in a statement. ''We will continue to gather additional information, and until the legal process has taken its course, we will reserve any further comment.''
A call to Rogers' agent Kennard McGuiire was not returned.
A three-time Pro Bowler, Rogers saw his 2009 season end with a broken leg suffered Nov. 29 at Cincinnati.
Rogers came to Cleveland in a March, 2008 trade with a scarred reputation from his seven years in Detroit, where he was considered a malcontent. The Lions had issues with his weight and his lack of effort in the second half of seasons. He was also accused of groping a woman in a strip club in 2007 and suspended by the league in 2006 for violating its steroid policy, reportedly for taking an appetite suppressant that contained a banned substance.
But a falling out with new coach Eric Mangini early last year, which resulted in Rogers' demanding to be traded, was the only previous blotch on Rogers' time in Cleveland. The eight-year veteran developed into a team leader and is considered the Browns' most talented defensive player.
He was voted player of the year by the Cleveland chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America in 2008, the year he went to his last Pro Bowl.