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Former Packers TE Lance Kendricks receives probation & community service for marijuana charge

The Milwaukee native and former Badger was originally charged in connection with a traffic stop in 2017.

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It was such a quiet legal situation that this writer did not even remember the incident taking place. In September of 2017, Lance Kendricks was stopped for speeding and charged with possession of marijuana. At the time, Kendricks had just begun his first season with the Green Bay Packers, having signed a two-year contract with the team in the spring.

Now, Kendricks is a free agent, but his legal case has concluded. Despite not actually receiving a speeding ticket during the traffic stop, he was charged with possession. Now, according to, Kendricks pleaded no contest to the possession charge and will receive six months of probation as a result. Furthermore, the charge will be dropped entirely if he completes a modest community service requirement involving high schools in his hometown of Milwaukee, including his alma mater, Rufus King High School.

This ongoing legal situation may be a reason why Kendricks has not signed with an NFL team yet. He may face discipline from the NFL, with a brief suspension being the most likely scenario.

Kendricks played his college football in Madison for the University of Wisconsin, then became a second-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams. He spent six years with that franchise before signing with the Packers in 2017. In his two years with the Packers, Kendricks caught 37 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns while playing a versatile tight end/H-back role.