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Free-agent-to-be running back Laurence Maroney was charged with possession of marijuana, stemming off a Jan. 17 arrest, according to St. Louis’ XMOX Radio.
The report says that Maroney and his four friends reeked of marijuana outside of a concert on Saint Louis University’s campus. Police also found weapons in Maroney’s car, but the former Patriot and Bronco had permit to carry the firearms.
Maroney was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Patriots, where he failed to live up to expectations. In six seasons — five of which were in New England — Maroney rushed for 2,504 yards and 21 touchdowns on a 4.1 yards-per-carry average. The Patriots passed on DeAngelo Williams and Maurice Jones-Drew to draft Maroney 26th overall that year.
Throughout Maroney’s stint with the Patriots, many fans remember the countless times the running back appeared in Bill Belichick’s doghouse. One play that epitomises Maroney’s career in New England was when Maroney ducked out-of-bounds — short of the first down — to avoid a hit from San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis. Maroney later said he was trying to protect his injured shoulder.
The Patriots parted ways with Maroney in September, trading him to the Broncos in exchange for a 2010 fourth round pick. In Denver many hoped Maroney could fill in for the injured Knowshon Moreno and provide a running threat, but Maroney appeared in four games — rushing for 74 yards on 36 carries.
Maroney could face up to a year in prison if convicted.
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