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Cleveland Browns nosetackle Shaun Rogers will be placed into a 12-month …

Browns nosetackle Shaun Rogers will be placed into a 12-month diversion program Thursday during his arraignment in Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court for having a loaded handgun in his carry-on at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in April.

Rogers, 31, will be required to complete a 10-hour weapons course and complete 40 hours of community service. Upon completion,  the felony charges will be dropped. He will also take it upon himself to talk to children in the Cleveland School District about getting to and staying in school.

“Shaun is appreciative of the consideration he received in this case,” his attorney, Patrick D’Angelo, told The Plain Dealer. “He understands this is a serious matter, and he wanted to assure everyone that he did not act intentionally in this case.”

Rogers told airport security that he forgot he had the loaded .45 gun in his handbag. He was traveling with fellow defensive linemen Robaire Smith, who was also charged last month in Michigan for having a loaded handgun in his bag at the Flint airport in November.

“I’m hopeful and confident that Shaun will complete the program successfully and that this will be expunged from his record,” said D’Angelo.

The Browns are still awaiting word on whether or not Rogers will be disciplined by the NFL under terms of its personal conduct policy. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email, “”Now that the matter has been resolved in court, it is being reviewed under our policies.”

Rogers already has one knock against him with the league office, having been suspended for four games in 2006 for violating the steroid and related substances policy when he was with Detroit. He said he took an appetite suppressant that contained ephedrine, a banned substance.

Rogers was arrested April 1st before boarding a flight to Houston. He pleaded not guilty.

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