2 Colts face weapons, alcohol charges

October 22, 1991

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.

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