While the initial details of Porter's arrest for DUI and battery on a peace officer are yet to be confirmed, the reports are certainly unfavorable for a player with a checkered past. If charged, the incident could land Porter a minimum four-game suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and additional games could be tacked on. If that's the case, the Cardinals hefty investment in the pass-rushing specialist will be limited in 2010.
Although Porter's lawyer is contesting the reports and insists Porter will be cleared of any wrongdoing, one has to wonder why Porter would put himself in such a compromising situation. After all, what good could come out of late-night confrontation with the cops at Taco Bell after a night of drinking? The answer is nothing and Porter must now face the ramifications of his actions regardless of whether the charges are cleared.
With the availability of both Porter and Davis now in question, general manager Rod Graves and the Cardinals' front office may be forced to select a linebacker with their first-round pick in this year's draft. Before the latest bad news, Arizona had the luxury of selecting the best player available while adding needed depth in the later rounds. Instead of focusing on building the trenches, the Cardinals are now expected to shore up a severely depleted linebacking corps.
Only time will tell how Porter's situation will play out but the distraction in itself is something Arizona hasn't had to deal with in recent years. Sure, Anquan Boldin's contract demands and Kurt Warner's retirement speculation hindered the team at times, but off-field issues like Porter's have been avoided until this point. Less than two weeks after signing, Porter's long-term future with the Cardinals is already in jeopardy as is the status of the team's defense as a whole.
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