Moore's future in doubt

<!--Default NodeId For Damon Moore is 292234,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292234]>Damon Moore</A>'s future with the <!--Default NodeId For Chicago is 115,2005--><A HREF=>Bears</A> looked bright as the safety could have challenged for a starting role in the upcoming season, but that effort took a major blow as he was arraigned Wednesday on charges of drunken driving.

The charges stem from Moore being arrested Jan. 4 near Columbus, Ohio, where he was celebrating the national championship victory by his alma mater, Ohio State. Police reports on the incident put Moore's blood-alcohol level at .18, twice the legal limit in Ohio.

This isn't Moore has had off the field trouble. After failing a drug test, Moore served a four-week suspension during the 2002 season as a repeat offender of the league's substance abuse policy.

However, at the time he was on the team's "physically unable to perform" list. But the suspension did cost him about $112,000 in salary.

In October 2001, while with Philadelphia, Moore was charged with abandoning a 3-month-old Rottweiler puppy in a soccer field near his New Jersey home. The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals traced the dog to Moore via a microchip that had been implanted in the dog.

Moore paid a fine, did community service and was banned from having a pet as a result of the incident.

In the NFC championship game against St. Louis after the 2001 season, Moore tore his left anterior cruciate ligament. On his wedding day after the season, he learned the Eagles decided not to tender him a contract offer. He then signed a three-year, $1.5 million free-agent deal with the Bears then failed to show up for the start of training camp.

Moore played sparingly in 2002 as he recovered from a knee injury. Although, there was a chance he could have challenged Mike Green for the starting strong safety role the chances of the team keeping him around look grim.

"I'm very disappointed in hearing the news,'' general manager Jerry Angelo told the Chicago Sun-Times from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. "I don't have all the details, but from what I've heard, it doesn't sound good. The most disappointing thing is we understand he has some issues, and we're trying to be understanding because he's a good football player. But there comes a point when a guy has to understand he is accountable for what he does not only on the field, but off the field.

"Until I ... get the rest of the details, I don't want to say any more, but it surprises me because he had been given a second chance. I, for one, am not happy to see--I don't want to say abuse of privilege--but something of that nature.''

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