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Lucky Whitehead. Prince William County police booking photo

Former NFL player Rodney Darnell "Lucky" Whitehead faces drunken driving and related charges following a Dec. 23 arrest during a traffic stop in Gainesville.

The Osbourn High School graduate and former Dallas Cowboy was stopped at 2:12 a.m. near Linton Hall and Glenkirk roads, Prince William County police spokesman Nathan Probus said Monday.

Whitehead was subsequently charged with driving under the influence, unreasonable refusal to provide a breath sample, driving without a license, failure to obey a traffic signal and a seat belt violation, Probus said.

He was released from jail on a $7,500 secured bond with a Feb. 6 court date.

Whitehead began his NFL career with Dallas, who signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 out of Florida Atlantic. In two seasons with the Cowboys, Whitehead was used primarily as a return specialist but also was a reserve wide receiver. Whitehead averaged 25.6 yards per kick return and 6.9 per punt.

The Cowboys released Whitehead the same day news surfaced that he had been arrested for shoplifting June 22, 2017, in Woodbridge and then failed to appear in court July 6. On July 25, Prince William County police department released a statement clearing Whitehead of any wrongdoing, calling it a case of mistaken identity.

Whitehead entered the 2017 preseason as the front-runner to become the Jets’ primary return specialist after they claimed him off waivers from Dallas in late July.

But Whitehead’s plans ended after he broke his foot during training camp. He was waived/injured in September before being placed on injured reserve. He then was waived with an injury settlement.

On Nov. 24, the Jets re-signed Whitehead to the practice squad as inconsistency continued to bog down New York’s return game. New York added Whitehead to its 53-man roster Dec. 30 for its final regular-season game, but he did not play.

Whitehead began the 2018 preseason with the New York Jets. The Jets placed Whitehead on injured reserve Aug. 28.


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