LB Arrington injured in motorcycle accident

LANHAM, MARYLAND (TICKER) —Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries Monday after he crashed his motorcyle on a highway ramp, police said.

A spokesman for the Maryland State Police told PA SportsTicker that Arrington lost control of his motorcycle and hit a guardrail at the intersection of Route 50 and the Capital Beltway. No other vehicles were involved in the accident and no one else was injured.

Arrington, who turns 29 on Wednesday, was taken by ambulance to Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly. A hospital spokesperson said Arrington is in stable condition.

Arrington was wearing a helmet, and alcohol was not involved in the accident, police said. He was issued two citations - one for operating a motorcycle without a proper license and one for the crash.

Football players and motorcycle accidents are nothing new.

Just over a year ago, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered multiple facial fractures in a motorcycle crash. In 2005, Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. suffered internal injuries after being thrown from his motorcycle.

Arrington has been without a team since being released by the New York Giants in February. In his only campaign with the Giants, he played in just six games before suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.

Before signing a seven-year contract with the Giants, Arrington made the Pro Bowl three times in six seasons with the Washington Redskins. He had his contract bought out by the Redskins after the 2005 campaign.

“We hope he makes a full and speedy recovery,” Redskins Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with LaVar and his family during this difficult time.”

The second overall pick in 2000 out of Penn State, Arrington has registered 413 tackles, 23 1/2 sacks and three interceptions in 85 career games.

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Updated Monday, Jun 18, 2007