Cleveland Browns player pleads not guilty to drug charges

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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