Yesterday's news about Datone Jones' suspension put a slight damper on the Green Bay Packers' holiday weekend, but it appears that the team is in for some more damage control this July 4th.
According to Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times, tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested in South Beach early this morning for firing a gun during an altercation.
Elfrink's report indicates that Quarless was involved in an altercation, and fired the gun "into the ground" rather than at any individuals. However, the police also reported that Quarless attempted to run from police when they arrived. Thankfully, there are no reports of any injuries as a result of the incident
Quarless was widely expected to be in a battle with Richard Rodgers for the Packers' starting tight end in 2015. The Packers can probably expect Quarless to be suspended under the NFL's personal conduct policy for his actions this morning, which would elevate Rodgers into an even more prominent role if a suspension is levied. Justin Perillo, Kennard Backman, and Mitchell Henry are all competing for the backup role behind the two more established players, but if Quarless is indeed suspended we believe it is likely that two of those three players would start the season on the 53-man roster.
UPDATE: Elfrink has updated his story with more details from the police report. According to the report, Quarless discharged his .45 caliber handgun twice, including once into the air. He was later apprehended trying to hide in a plant outside a bar. Seriously. His charge of "discharging a firearm in public" is a misdemeanor.
UPDATE: The Packers released the following statement on the situation to the media:
#Packers: "We are aware of the matter involving Andrew Quarless and are in the process of gathering more information." No further comment.— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) July 4, 2015