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Ex-Cowboys LB Connor arrested at airport

Former Dallas Cowboys LB Dan Connor arrested at airport after switchblade was found in his luggage.

Former Dallas Cowboys and current New York Giants linebacker Dan Connor was arrested Saturday morning at Philadelphia International Airport after a knife was found in his luggage, police and Giants team officials say.

A police spokeswoman said Sunday that a Transportation Security Administration officer spotted the knife on an X-ray machine monitor as Connor was trying to enter an airport terminal at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Police were called and the 27-year-old Connor, of Charlotte, N.C., was arrested and charged with possession of an offensive weapon. The police spokeswoman said he was released on his own recognizance.

Connor signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Cowboys in March 2012. He started eight games at inside linebacker and recorded 56 tackles, seeing increased playing time after Sean Lee was lost for the season because of a toe injury.

Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said team officials were aware of the situation and have spoken to Connor, "who is cooperating with the authorities in Philadelphia."

The Cowboys released Connor in March and he signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants a few days later.


Carolina selected Connor in the third round of the 2008 draft. He played four years with the Panthers before joining the Cowboys.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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