The Indianapolis Colts have parted ways with outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome, who was arrested last week on two counts of marijuana possession in Zionsville, Ind.
The roster move was first tweeted Monday by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapaport of NFL.com and NFL Network. The team announced the roster move a short time later.
Reserve outside linebacker Andy Studebaker, signed late last season, was also released.
Newsome tweeted: "Somethngs happen and I cant question God and his plan. Bottom line you have to stay the course and pray about it but never worry about it."
He also added, "I've learned alot during my time here in Indianapolis, becoming a better football player and person. I have made mistakes, but ive grown."
Newsome, 25, was a fifth-round pick out of Ball State in 2014 and led the Colts with 6.5 sacks as a rookie. His most memorable play was a strip-sack fumble of Denver’s Peyton Manning in an AFC Divisional playoff victory over the Broncos in January 2015.
But his production dropped last season, in which he played in 14 games with two starts and had only one sack. That made his roster spot tenuous at best. The fact that Newsome had a history with marijuana — he had a drug-related charge in college — made him even more expendable.
Zionsville police arrested him Wednesday morning after arriving at his residence around 2 a.m. to respond to a loud music complaint. In the process of the investigation, police discovered marijuana on the premises.
Rapaport tweeted Newsome will learn his fate with the league in terms of punishment on Tuesday.
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