DALLAS Former Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson will not face charges over his two alcohol-related arrests in the Austin area earlier this year, officials said Thursday.
Two Travis County grand juries declined to indict Benson on charges of boating while intoxicated, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated.
The former University of Texas player is "elated" over the decision, said Sam Bassett, his attorney.
"Since my initial review of the evidence in both cases, I have said that Cedric was not guilty," Bassett said in a statement. "I hope that this situation reminds us all that not every person who is arrested for a crime is guilty."
Benson was stopped May 3 while on Lake Travis and charged with boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest. He was then pulled over in downtown Austin on June 7 and arrested on a drunken driving charge.
Travis County Attorney David Escamilla said there were problems in both cases. In the initial arrest, officials did not conduct a field sobriety test and there was no video evidence.
In the driving while intoxicated case, there was video evidence but Benson "appears very well" in the recording, Escamilla said.
Benson's status as a well-known sports figure in Austin did not play a factor in the outcome of the cases, the county attorney said.
"We call them as we see them," Escamilla said.
CHARGERS GETTING HEALTHIER: The Chargers' practice Thursday was unique in that all their players participated.
While six players five of them Pro Bowl players sat out Wednesday's workout with various ailments, they returned Thursday as the Chargers continue preparations for Sunday's game at the Oakland Raiders.
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson (toe), center Nick Hardwick (foot), tight end Antonio Gates (hip), defensive tackle Jamal Williams (knees), left guard Kris Dielman (thigh) and center Jeremy Newberry (knee) went through the whole practice.
Tomlinson's toe injury has slowed him, although he rushed 26 times for 67 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season in the Chargers' 48-29 win Monday night over the Jets.
FAVRE'S ANKLE HEALING QUICKLY: Brett Favre walked with only a slight limp Thursday.
The 38-year-old Jets quarterback twisted his left ankle Monday night in New York's loss at San Diego. Though the ankle was tightly wrapped, Favre appeared to walk comfortably through the locker room before practice.
He took part in warmup jogs and threw with no noticeable discomfort in the half-hour of practice the media are allowed to watch. Favre took one awkward step on a handoff and appeared to grimace, but seemed fine afterward.
He was listed as limited at practice on the team's injury report for the second straight day.
"He was able to get a little bit of action" on Wednesday, coach Eric Mangini said before practice, "and I think it will be a little bit more today."
BURRESS CREATES GIANT OPPORTUNITIES: The New York Giants are approaching the suspension of Plaxico Burress almost the same way they would an injury.
The team suspended the wide receiver for a game for missing a practice and not calling to explain his absence. Barring a successful appeal, Burress will miss the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Giants Stadium on Oct. 5.
"It is tough when you lose anybody, regardless of if it is injury, retirement or suspension," middle linebacker Antonio Pierce said Thursday, after the Giants (3-0) had their final bye-week workout. "When somebody goes down, somebody will step up."
For the Giants that means Domenik Hixon, Steve Smith, Sinorice Moss and rookie Mario Manningham will get more playing time, with Hixon expected to move into Burress' split end spot.
JUDGE ISSUES WARRANT FOR SHIRLEY: A Fresno County judge has issued a warrant for an NFL player facing trial on suspicion of drunken driving.
Superior Court Judge Brant K. Bramer said Thursday that Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Jason Shirley has until Tuesday morning to appear in court or the warrant will go into effect.
Bramer was prepared to assign a courtroom for Shirley's trial but said the former Fresno State player had to be present.
Shirley's lawyer, Charles Magill, says his client wasn't able to get to Fresno. The Bengals host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Fresno police arrested Shirley after he allegedly crashed into an apartment building and fled the scene Oct. 8. Police say his blood-alcohol level was 0.12, above the legal limit of 0.08.
PATRIOTS' BROWN RETIRES: Troy Brown retired Thursday after 15 seasons with the New England Patriots in which he set a team record for most receptions.
The wide receiver, who hasn't played this season, made the announcement at a news conference Thursday attended by team owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick.
Brown spent his entire NFL career with the Patriots after they drafted him in the eighth round in 1993 out of Marshall. His 557 catches are first in team history and his 6,366 yards receiving are second to Stanley Morgan's 10,352. Brown played in one Pro Bowl, after the 2001 season.
He also played defensive back late in his career. In 2007, he played in one game in which he fielded six punts but had no receptions and didn't play defense.
Brown, 37, said that when he watches football on television, he sometimes thinks he can still play.