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NFL Rookie Wide Receiver Cut By Team Following His Arrest

Arizona Cardinals inflatable helmet being taken down.

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 07: The Arizona Cardinals inflatable helmet is taken down before the NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 7, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chiefs 17-14. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Over the weekend, NFL wide receiver Jermiah Braswell allegedly drove his car into a lake. The Arizona Cardinals player was arrested on suspicion of OVI after the incident.

Braswell was an undrafted player out of Youngstown State. He signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent in late April. Now, that opportunity is gone.

Unsurprisingly, the team has made the decision to release Braswell given this incident. That isn't a shocking move; Braswell was nowhere near an established player, and was no lock to make the roster before this anyway. At the FCS level, he had 51 career catches for 986 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.

Most of that production came in his senior campaign. He caught 24 passes for 515 yards and seven touchdowns for the Penguins last fall. Now, the next step for his career is completely up in the air.

According to police in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Braswell drove his Chevy Camaro into Lake Erie on Friday night, after veering off the road. Witnesses say he was driving very fast before he "flew off the embankment" and into the water. Luckily, no one was with Jermiah Braswell at the time, and this was a single-vehicle accident.

As officers went into the water and approached the Camaro, they found the driver was still in the driver's seat trying to drive forward," Put-In-Bay Police said, in a release about the incident, per 13 ABC. "He told officers that he was 'stuck' and didn't know what happened. As officers spoke with the driver, they noticed that his speech was slurred and he was unable to explain how his Camaro ended up in the water."

Braswell's breathalyzer test registered over the legal BAC limit at the scene of the accident. He did not consent to a chemical test to confirm the BAC.