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February 12, 2009
Green in hot water in Texas

If a sheriff's deputy asks you to roll down your window, it's probably not a good idea to roll it up. This is one of several lessons 49ers linebacker-defensive end Roderick Green learned in his hometown of Brenham, Texas earlier this month after he was pulled over doing 76 mph in a 50 mph zone. The details can be found here, but the bottom line is that Green spent a night in jail after being charged with reckless driving, unlawfully carrying a weapon, possession of marijuana and interfering with the duties of a police officer.

The 49ers issued the following statement: "We are aware of an off-the-field situation involving Roderick Green and we are monitoring the situation. Due to the personal nature of the ongoing legal investigation, the team is withholding further comment until the matter is resolved legally."

Green will be free agent on Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. and the 49ers certainly weren't in any rush to re-sign him. The team already released one of its outside linebackers, Tully Banta-Cain, earlier this week. The 49ers want to add pass rushers in the offseason, and Green - who had been released on two other occassions by the 49ers - is seen as expendable. He had 3 ½ sacks last season.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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