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Steelers linebacker charged after fight

| Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Steelers linebacker Larry Foote was charged with a misdemeanor after a brawl at a restaurant.

The Washtenaw County prosecutor's office charged Foote with a count of disorderly person, police Sgt. Angela Abrams said Friday. No one else has been charged in the case.

The fight started when Foote and some friends came to a woman's defense after seeing some other men drop her on the ground inside a restaurant on the University of Michigan campus on Feb. 3, Abrams said. The dispute escalated into a brawl involving 15-20 people outside the restaurant.

Foote, 22, was treated at the University of Michigan Medical Center for an injured left thumb.

He was charged Wednesday and could face a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Neither the Steelers nor Foote's agent, Fletcher Smith, returned telephone calls seeking comment.

Foote, who played at Michigan, was the Steelers' fourth-round draft choice last year.

The 6-foot-1, 234-pound Foote was primarily a reserve linebacker last season but started four regular-season games and one playoff game for the injured Kendrell Bell.

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