CLEVELAND: Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar pleaded no contest Monday to a reckless operation charge after blaming knee and ankle surgeries for not performing a field sobriety test during a traffic stop last year.

Kosar had been charged with drunken-driving in September, but he entered a plea to the lesser charge and received a $750 fine and suspended jail sentence.

He was pulled over for speeding in suburban Cleveland, and officers said they smelled a strong odor of alcohol. Kosar told an officer he couldn’t perform the standard one-leg stand or walk and turn tests as he had undergone several surgeries on his knees and ankles because of his playing days.

A police report said Kosar was driving 74 mph on a 50-mph limit street. According to the report, Kosar had slurred speech and difficulty speaking.

Kosar has publicly talked about how head injuries sustained during his NFL career have affected his speech, making him sometimes slur his words.

He has also been addicted to pain medications and had financial troubles.

“I am pleased with the court’s decision that reaffirms that alcohol was not involved in my traffic citation from September in any way,” Kosar said in a news release. “I sincerely apologize to my fellow Clevelanders for the guilty charge of reckless operation, resulting from speeding in a construction zone.”

The Browns said last week that Kosar was being removed as a color commentator for Cleveland’s preseason games.