Updated: Ex-Patriot Maroney arrested

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Updated: Ex-Patriot Maroney arrested

Associated Press
ST. LOUIS -- Former Patriots running back Laurence Maroney has been arrested in St. Louis on drugs andweapons allegations. His publicist said Tuesday that he did nothingwrong.
Maroney was traded to the Broncos after the first week of the season.
St. Louis police said five people inan Infiniti Q56 were arrested Monday night. Police declined to name thesuspects but said all five are accused of possessing marijuana. Three,including a 25-year-old man, were accused of unlawful use of a weapon.Maroney, 25, is a native of suburban St. Louis. No one has beenformally charged.Maroney's publicist, Jane Higgins,confirmed that he was one of those arrested in the Infiniti on theweapons allegation. She denied Maroney was arrested for drugs."He holds a permit to carry aconcealed weapon," Higgins said in a statement. "He was not arrestedfor any drugs nor was he involved in a high-speed chase. He wasreleased without being charged with any offense and we do notanticipate he will be charged with any criminal offense."Police spokeswoman Erica Van Rosssaid one of the men had a valid concealed weapon permit but that statelaw prohibits possessing a gun while under the influence of drugs. Shedeclined to elaborate.Van Ross said the process of seeking charges could take up to a month.Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth said, "We're aware of the matter but have no additional comment at this time."Van Ross said that around 10:30 p.m.Monday, officers saw three vehicles near Chaifetz Arena causing trafficto slow because the vehicles repeatedly stopped so occupants could talkto people on the street. Officers also suspected those in the vehicleswere smoking marijuana.Officers pulled over the Infiniti and a GMC Yukon; the third vehicle fled.Van Ross said that inside theInfiniti officers found three weapons - a .45-caliber handgun, a 9mmpistol and a .223 -caliber rifle - along with a substance believed tobe marijuana. Five of the six people in the Infiniti were arrested andreleased pending application of warrants, Van Ross said.Five other people were in the Yukon. One of them, a 28-year-old man, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a weapon.New England chose Maroney with the21st overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was acquired by former Broncoscoach Josh McDaniels for a fourth-round draft pick on Sept. 14, one ofseveral personnel miscalculations that helped lead to McDaniels' Dec. 6ouster.Maroney was injured when he arrivedin Denver and played in just four games for the Broncos, rushing 36times for 74 yards and a paltry 2.1-yard average. He didn't play in thefinal 10 games of the season, the last eight of which he wasdeactivated.The running back spent his firstfour seasons with the Patriots, where he averaged 4.2 yards a carrywith 21 touchdown runs and 10.2 yards per catch with one TD reception.His best season was 2009, when he set career highs with 194 carries andnine touchdowns.He is in the final year of his contract, and his future with the Broncos is uncertain.Maroney's arrest is the latest in a series of legal troubles involving Broncos players.Linebacker D.J. Williams wasstripped of his captaincy following his second drunken driving arrestlast season, rookie cornerback Perrish Cox faces charges in a sexualassault case, and rookie linebacker Kevin Alexander was waived hoursafter he was arrested on a domestic violence allegation last month.Maroney was a standout at NormandyHigh School in St. Louis County, and has remained active in the St.Louis community during his NFL career. Recently, he has been helpingvictims of a New Year's Eve tornado that struck the area where he grewup. And last summer, he gave out 3,000 backpacks filled with schoolsupplies to St. Louis students.

Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

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Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

FOXBORO -- After starting the offseason "five weeks behind," as Bill Belichick put it, the Patriots have caught up. 

"I think we’re probably caught up to where we are now," he said before Thursday's OTA practice at Gillette Stadium. "I think it’s being behind in draft, free agency and that type of thing.

"I think at this point, we’re ready for OTAs. We’ll be ready for training camp. I think that part of it we’ll be on schedule on. It’s the catching up on all the spring projects, draft and free agency. It’s the initial part of it."

Belichick made headlines on the morning after winning his fifth Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots when he said, "As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in the league. Fortunately we have a great personnel staff

"Look, in a couple weeks we're going to be looking at the combine, obviously the draft, all-star games have already occurred, and in a month we're into free agency, not to mention all the internal Patriots players (whose) contracts are up and we're going to have to work with in some form or fashion like every team in the league does."

Leaning on evaluations of players that began in the build-up to previous drafts, Belichick and his staff opted to trade away some of this year's draft capital for veterans like Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen. They also gave up their fifth-rounder to sign restricted free agent Mike Gillislee.

Before heading out to the team's third practice of the week -- the first week the Patriots were allowed to introduce helmets and run offense versus defense periods -- Belichick said that part of his focus will be spent on finding out how those players he picked up this offseason are progressing.

"Yeah, that’s definitely part of it," he said. "Seeing the new players, how they’re doing and also how they’re doing relevant to the rest of the other players that I’m a little more familiar with. Again, each year is a new year, so even though we’ve seen some of these guys multiple years, it’s still starting all over again, seeing where they are, how they’re progressing in their training and preparation for the season."