Two Indianapolis Colts players were arrested early yesterday on firearms and alcohol charges, police said.
Nose tackle Tony Siragusa was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm without a permit and running back Tim Manoa was arrested on a charge of public intoxication, said Sgt. Randall West of the Indianapolis Police Department.
He said the two were apprehended about 12:45 a.m. after police received complaints that an individual was pointing a pistol toward a group of people near a restaurant on West 38th Street in north Indianapolis.
Police stopped the vehicle Siragusa was driving. The players were arrested after police searched the car and recovered a pistol, West said.
* BEARS: The NFL has fined, but not suspended, place-kicker Kevin Butler for a drunken-driving offense, the league said.
Butler pleaded guilty to speeding and drunken-driving charges after his arrest Aug. 6, 1991, near his suburban Chicago home.
Butler was the first player affected by a new NFL policy that includes a maximum penalty of a four-game suspension.
* BENGALS: Cornerback Lewis Billups did not make the trip to Buffalo for last night's game. If reports are confirmed that he injured his hand in a fight, he won't be paid for the game.
A fine could cost Billups $34,000, based on his estimated $575,000 yearly salary.
* DOLPHINS: Sammie Smith, distraught that he dropped the ball a day earlier, dropped out of sight.
Smith failed to show for Miami's standard day-after-the-game light workout. He apparently couldn't bear to face teammates after fumbling at the goal line for the second consecutive week, in the final minutes of Miami's 17-13 loss to Houston.
The running back's absence was not a surprise. After the game, he told several people -- but not coach Don Shula -- that he was going to take some time off.
"I don't think I've ever seen a ballplayer as upset as Sammie was afterward," Shula said. "He came in to talk to me, and he was so shook, he couldn't talk."
* SAINTS: Inside linebacker Vaughan Johnson underwent tests to determine the severity of an injury he sustained to his left knee in New Orleans' 23-7 victory over Tampa Bay.