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Andrew Quarless sentenced to 1 year of probation in Florida, NFL discipline could follow

The Packers tight end pleas no contest to charges.

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The legal proceedings surrounding Andrew Quarless have finally concluded. According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, a Florida court has sentenced the Green Bay Packers tight end to a year of probation and fined him $1,000 for firing his gun in Miami Beach on July 4. Quarless must also attend an anger management course and weapons safety course in addition to forfeiting his firearm.

Quarless' trial was set to begin Monday, but he elected to enter a plea of no contest to avoid a more serious punishment.

With the matter resolved in the eyes of the state of Florida, Quarless could now face NFL discipline. As Demovsky notes, the league suspended Green Bay teammate Letroy Guion for three games after his Florida case also resulted in a fine and probation.

A suspension would further delay a return for Quarless, who practiced for the first time Monday since sustaining a knee injury against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. The Packers have yet to activate the tight end from short-term injured reserve, but he could conceivably return for Thursday's tilt with the Detroit Lions.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.