Hawks Notebook | Stevens to serve jail time
The baggage that people associate with Jerramy Stevens just got a little heavier. A jury in Scottsdale, Ariz., found Stevens guilty Friday...
Seattle Times staff reporters
The baggage that people associate with Jerramy Stevens just got a little heavier.
A jury in Scottsdale, Ariz., found Stevens guilty Friday in his drunken driving trial. He was charged with three counts, the most serious of which was extreme DUI, for driving with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.15 percent. Stevens' BAC was measured at 0.204 percent after he was arrested in Arizona in March.
His conviction carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 30 days in jail. The judge can suspend up to 20 days of that sentence for a treatment program, but Stevens will have to serve at least 10 days in jail. Stevens is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
Stevens plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who play in Seattle on Sunday in the season-opener for both teams.
The question now is whether the conviction will affect Stevens' status as a player. The NFL had no comment about Stevens on Friday. Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden said earlier this week he expected Stevens to play on Sunday, and Stevens was not listed on the team's injury report.
Stevens pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving in 2003 after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence while with the Seahawks. In review hearings after that conviction, Stevens' attorney indicated he was tested rigorously by the NFL as part of its substance-abuse program. It's not known whether Stevens is still involved with the program because the league does not disclose that.
Stevens was a free agent at the time of his arrest. The Seahawks did not re-sign him. Tampa Bay hosted Stevens for a free-agent visit before his arrest and signed him to a one-year contract after his arrest.
Mum's the word on who starts at defensive end and wide receiver for the Seahawks on Sunday.
It's D.J. Hackett or Nate Burleson at the receiver spot opposite Deion Branch, and Darryl Tapp or Bryce Fisher at the defensive end spot opposite Patrick Kerney.
"I'm not telling you," coach Mike Holmgren said.
Based on practice observations from this week, Tapp figures to start over Fisher. Tapp is first on the depth chart at right end. It's more of a toss-up between Burleson, who came on strong during training camp and the exhibition season, and Hackett, who tops the depth chart.
Bring the noise
Those speakers facing the practice fields weren't blasting music to the Seahawks in practice this week. They were pumping artificial crowd noise into practice.
The Seahawks, in anticipation of a rambunctious sellout crowd at Qwest Field, cranked up the volume for their defense so coaches could simulate game conditions when the opposing offense and Seattle defense are trying to call out signals over the din.
Defensive coordinator John Marshall asked Holmgren to put in the crowd noise during workouts.
"We have to get used to Qwest Field," linebacker Leroy Hill said. "It just helps us with signals and learning calls sort of on our own, and not looking for [middle linebacker] Lofa [Tatupu] or anybody to make the calls because we're not going to hear all the calls."
The Buccaneers expect it to be loud in Seattle.
"We have to take that advantage away from them by playing solid football, not turning the ball over and getting turnovers on defense," linebacker Derrick Brooks said.
Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Garcia will play in his 100th NFL game Sunday and will be making his 93rd start.
Garcia, 37, has yet to show signs of wear and tear. He led the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs last season and has Gruden's confidence.
"I just saw George Foreman win a heavyweight title, I think he was 44 years old," Gruden said. "I'm hoping he has seven years left, let's put it that way."
• The six Seahawks captains will have "C" patches on their jerseys Sunday, symbolizing their status.
• The Seahawks are playing their 500th game Sunday, including the playoffs. They are 242-257.
• When Brooks plays at Qwest Field, he will have played in all but one NFL stadium — Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium — in his 13 seasons.
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