Cleveland Browns: Armonty Bryant, De’Ante Saunders arrested


Nov 15, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones (3) throws a pass under pressure from Cleveland Browns linebacker Armonty Bryant (95) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns defensive players Armonty Bryant and De’Ante Saunders were reportedly arrested during a traffic stop on Friday morning.

Cleveland Browns players Armonty Bryant and De’Ante Saunders were arrested early Friday morning during a traffic stop on a Cleveland-area freeway.

The arrest was first reported by Scott Taylor, a reporter for WOIO in Cleveland.

According to Taylor, Saunders is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and speeding. The reason for Bryant’s arrest have not been released.

In addition, Taylor reports that police allegedly found a gun and the prescription drug Adderall in the car.

General manager Ray Farmer released the following statement:

“We have been made aware of the arrests of De’Ante Saunders and Armonty Bryant after a traffic stop early Friday morning.

“These are charges that we take very seriously. The importance of responsible decision-making is something we continually stress to all members of our organization, which makes it extremely disappointing that these two individuals would put themselves in this situation by make such poor decisions.

“Armonty will be inactive on Sunday for our game against the Chiefs and will not travel with the team to Kansas City so he can tend to this personal legal matter.

“In addition to being a pending legal matter, this incident is subject to the NFL personal conduct policy and we have no further comment at this time.”

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Bryant has appeared in all 14 games for the Browns this season, making two starts, and is second on the team with 5.5 sacks.

The Browns selected Bryant in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft even though he had been suspended for three games during his senior year at Eastern Central in Oklahoma after being arrested twice for selling marijuana to an undercover police officer.

Since joining the Browns, though, he has worked his way into being a productive member of the defensive rotation.

The Browns signed Saunders as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee State in May and he spent the first eight weeks of the season on the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster when the club placed tight end Rob Housler on injured reserve before being returned to the practice squad.

Saunders transferred to Tennessee State after playing two seasons at Florida, where he was suspended the first two games of the 2012 season and did not play in the final two games.