- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray issued a written apology Wednesday concerning disparaging comments he made on a social networking Web site about the officer who arrested him after a traffic stop this week.

In the statement released by the EAG sports management agency in California, McCray said he regretted that private messages about his arrest were unintentionally posted on Twitter.

“I have respect for the men and women who serve the New Orleans Police Department, and I never meant to convey otherwise,” the statement said. “My attorneys are now handling the matter, and I have faith that the legal process will rectify the situation in my favor.”

By afternoon, McCray’s Twitter page had been taken down. However, a series of comments posted earlier included a reference to the arresting officer being a “short guy with a Napoleon complex” who got angry when McCray asked why he had been ordered out of the car for a routine traffic stop. In another comment, McCray stated he was pulled over for “DWP,” or “Driving with pizza.”

COLTS: Fourteen players, including five defensive linemen, sat out practice, and two others were limited participants.

Among those on the sidelines were Pro Bowl defensive ends Dwight Freeney, who had a normal rest day, and Robert Mathis, who missed last week’s game with a quadriceps injury.

Others who missed time were left tackle Charlie Johnson (foot), receiver Austin Collie (rest), cornerbacks Jerraud Powers (hamstring) and Jacob Lacey (biceps) and linebacker Clint Session (knee). Safety Melvin Bullitt (shoulder) and receiver Pierre Garcon (hand) did some work.

STEELERS: Safety Troy Polamalu practiced in a limited role for the first time in seven weeks, although it seems unlikely he will play Sunday in Miami.

Polamalu has missed 10 full games and most of two others with a pair of left knee injuries. He hasn’t played since Nov. 15 against Cincinnati because of a sprained posterior cruciate ligament.

GIANTS: Running back Brandon Jacobs is going to miss the season-ending game against Minnesota with an injury to his right knee.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin announced Jacobs will have arthroscopic surgery next week. The coach said Jacobs has had problems with the knee at times this season, but a recent examination showed he needed surgery.

BILLS: Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is back at practice for the first time since hurting his ankle 10 days ago in a loss to New England.

Fitzpatrick missed the Bills’ loss to Atlanta on Sunday, and Brian Brohm made his NFL debut.

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