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Titans backup QB Chris Simms arrested in NYC

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Chris Simms, son of former NY Giants QB Phil Simms, was arrested in New York (Photo: NFL Media) Chris Simms, son of former NY Giants QB Phil Simms, was arrested in New York (Photo: NFL Media)

By COLLEEN LONG
Associated Press Writer

UPDATE: NEW YORK - Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms says police mistook a comment about smoking cigarettes as an admission that he'd been smoking marijuana before he was stopped while driving in New York City.

Simms was released without bail after his arraignment Thursday on charges of driving while impaired by drugs. He's due back in court Aug. 23.

Simms, the son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, didn't enter a plea. But outside court, he called the case "very weak."

Police and prosecutors say Simms was red-eyed, slurred his words and smelled of marijuana  when stopped early Thursday in Manhattan. A court complaint says the 29-year-old told an officer he'd been "smoking marijuana in the car earlier."

Defense lawyer Nathan Semmel says Simms acknowledged merely smoking cigarettes.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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NEW YORK - Police say Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms has been arrested in New York City on charges of driving while on drugs.

Simms is the son of legendary New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms.The 29-year-old was stopped in Manhattan at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Police say he appeared to be slurring his speech and his eyes were red. They say it appeared he had been smoking marijuana.

Simms was awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal court. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Calls to his agent and the Titans weren't immediately returned.

Chris Simms spent last season with the Denver Broncos. His father is now an announcer and analyst for CBS Sports and led the Giants to two Super Bowls.  

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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