Newswire: Doss Sentenced, Polian on the Pats

Learn more about Mike Doss' sentence after pleading no-contest to gun-related charges...Colts President Bill Polian chats with the media about the notoriously evil New England Patriots....Marlin Jackson impresses...and more in today's newswire!

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Colts safety Mike Doss was sentenced to jail time after pleading "no contest" to gun-related charges, but that jail time was suspended. The original fourth-degree felony charge for carrying a concealed weapon was reduced to a misdemeanor while charges of inciting panic and obstructing law enforcement officials were dropped. Doss will perform 40 hours of community service time -- most likely in Indianapolis rather than Akron, Ohio where the incident occurred. He was also fined $500 and has to pay court costs. Further action by the Colts is expected to be announced this week, with a multiple-game suspension the likely outcome.

JACKSON'S A STAR: No, this isn't another pathetic story about Michael Jackson. Adam Shefter at NFL.com raves about Colts rookie Marlin Jackson as well as some rookies from other teams.

"Jackson was aggressive, intelligent and picked up the defense as if he belonged in it," writes Shefter.

Scroll down to see all of his comments, but don't miss the opening of his article where he talks about the Texans attempting to bolster their pathetic offensive line by pursuing disgruntled Ross Verba, who actually paid the Browns almost half a million dollars to cancel his contract. He wants a multi-year deal in the $35 million range.

POLIAN THINKS PATS MAY STUMBLE While participating in a charity golf tournament in the Buffalo area, Colts President Bill Polian had some encouraging words about the 2005 version of the Colts defense.

"As we came down the stretch last year, from about the eighth week on, we were about the eighth- or ninth-rated defense in the league," he said. "We were third in the league in sacks and third in the league in turnovers. We're getting there. They buy into (coach) Tony Dungy's philosophy. They're starting to learn what he wants. We'll be better."

Check out all of his quotes about the Patriots, including why he thinks they might falter a bit this season at the Buffalo News.

FORMER COLTS IN THE NEWS: Former Colts running backs Lydell Mitchell ('72-'77) and Hall-of-Famer Lenny Moore ('56-'67) will be participating June 23-25 in the Second Mile Classic at the Penn State Golf Courses. Mitchell is chairing the event which benefits children in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, former Colts tight end Greg La Fleur ('86) who played in the NFL for six seasons has been named athletic director at Southern University. La Fleur, who also did stints with the Eagles and Cardinals, was formerly Marketing and Promotions Director at his alma mater, LSU, before his promotion to Associate Athletic Director at the school.


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