CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland Browns player Armonty Bryant has pleaded not guilty to felony drug possession charges.
The 25-year-old Bryant and a former teammate, 23-year-old De’Ante Saunders, were arrested after a traffic stop in a Cleveland suburb on Christmas. Police say they found marijuana, two prescription pills and a loaded handgun in Saunders’ car.
The team cut Saunders, a practice squad player, after his arrest. Bryant was suspended for the final two games.
Saunders pleaded not guilty Wednesday to improper handling of a firearm. A driving under the influence charge is pending.
Both men remain free on $2,500 bonds. Their cases were randomly assigned to Judge Dick Ambrose, a former Cleveland Browns linebacker. Ambrose said Wednesday he will recuse himself.
Bryant’s attorney declined to comment. Messages were left with Saunders’ attorney.