While in college at the University of Houston, Ed Oliver became one of the first NCAA football players to opt to sit for his team’s bowl game in order to get ready for the NFL draft. Since then, it’s become a bit more of a trend, but Oliver made plenty of headlines at the time.
Now, it wouldn’t be surprising if he had to sit again. This time though, the decision might come down the NFL.
Oliver was arrested Saturday night in his hometown of Houston for driving while intoxicated (DWI). During the ensuing search of his vehicle, police found a pistol, which led to an additional charge of possession of a weapon.
According to Montgomery County jail records #Bills Ed Oliver was released between 8:00 and 9:00am. Oliver is charged with DWI and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
*photos via Montgomery Co Police Reporter pic.twitter.com/QABAZ5NP0S
— Greg Vorse TV (@GregVorse) May 17, 2020
The Buffalo Bills defensive lineman was driving a Ford Super Duty pickup and hauling a trailer that was carrying a dune buggy, according to the police report. Oliver, 22, was reported by another motorist who allegedly witnessed him speeding and driving erratically.
Also in the police filing, the arresting officer noted that the ninth overall pick in the 2019 draft may have been impaired by substances other than alcohol, but no drugs were found in the car. Oliver was found to have an open beer with him, however.
Information on the arrest can be found at MontgomeryCountyPoliceReporter.com.
Ed Oliver had 43 total tackles and five sacks as a rookie in Buffalo. He played in all 16 regular-season games, including seven starts. He also played in the Bills’ 22-19 playoff loss to the Houston Texans last season. He contributed four tackle assists during that contest. At the conclusion of the season, he was named to the NFL’s All-Rookie team.