The troubles of the Atlanta Falcons‘ running game continues, but this time, it is not on the playing field.
Running back Jason Snelling was arrested early Friday morning in Barrow County for possession of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia, shortly after being pulled over by Winder Police. Just to add to his stupidity, Snelling was also without a valid driver’s license. Snelling posted bond shortly after his arrest.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith issued a statement shortly after the team’s arrival in Tampa on Saturday:
“We are disappointed in what has transpired over the last 48 hours concerning Jason Snelling,” coach Smith said. “Any time one of our players is involved in an off-the-field incident, we take it very seriously.”
The Falcons have addressed this matter by forbidding Snelling to travel with the team for Week 11, but this off-field occurrence is the last thing the Falcons need to deal with right now. Smith and the rest of his coaching staff are already taking a lot of heat for their lack of production this season. Snelling’s foolish and selfish actions just give the media another reason to label the Falcons as a dysfunctional team.
Atlanta will try to get this running game going against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday. Snelling was most likely not going to be in the mix this week anyway, due to his questionable status with a knee injury. Snelling’s production has also been on the decline since running back Steven Jackson‘s return and the fact that running back Jacquizz Rodgers has been a reliable option in the passing game for quarterback Matt Ryan.
On Saturday, coach Smith informed reporters that he expects Snelling to return to the team on Monday. But it would be wise for the Falcons to lengthen Snelling’s absence with a suspension in the near future.