Bears' Thomas arrested on drug charges

Chicago Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas, who spent last season on injured reserved, was arrested this morning for possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor charge, in Morgantown, W.Va.

Chicago Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas, the team's sixth-round pick last season, started his own foundation this year to help raise money for epilepsy. The J.T. Thomas Foundation has been on a road trip the past few weeks, visiting epilepsy centers in Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville and Chicago, among other destinations.

One of those stops came this past weekend in Morgantown, W.Va., where Thomas played collegiately at West Virginia University.

This morning, at 3:55 a.m., Thomas' car was pulled over for exceeding the 25 mph speed limit on University Avenue. According to the criminal complaint, when the officer asked for his registration, Thomas pulled a bundle from his glove compartment. The bundle allegedly contained two plastic bags of a green leafy substance assumed to be marijuana. He was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

The Bears released the following statement regarding the arrest:

"We are aware of the arrest of J.T. Thomas in Morgantown, WV. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest."

Thomas was placed on injured reserve in training camp last season due to a back injury.

We'll update this story as more information is made available.

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