Packers tight end Lance Kendricks is eyeing a pair of charges stemming from a traffic stop back in September. TMZ reports that the 29-year-old is facing charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Kendricks was clocked going at least 10 over in a 70 mph zone when he was headed home from a Wisconsin Badgers game in early September (the player also received a warning for speeding). When officers subsequently pulled him over, they “could smell a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.” Kendricks initially denied that he was in possession of any drugs, but he eventually admitted to having marijuana in his glove box. Cops also found a bad containing a “”green leafy substance,” 2 packs of rolling papers, and a blue grinder.” The Outagamie County District Attorney will now handle the case.
After having spent the first six seasons of his career with the Rams organization, Kendricks signed a two-year deal with the Packers this past offseason. After finishing the 2016 season with a career-high 50 receptions, Kendricks has only hauled in 10 catches for 140 yards and one touchdown this season. With Martellus Bennett now out of the picture, Kendricks sits atop the team’s tight end depth chart.
As our own Zach Links noted earlier this week, Kendricks likely won’t face any punishment from the NFL during the 2017 season, as the league office typically waits for a legal resolution. However, we could hear more about potential discipline prior to the 2018 campaign.
Kendricks isn’t the first Packers players to face charges for marijuana possession. Earlier this week, we heard that running back Aaron Jones was facing similar charges, including operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in his system (along with speeding and driving without a valid license).
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