Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker John Abraham issued a statement apologizing for his driving under the influence arrest in suburban Atlanta in late June.
Abraham has yet to report to training camp.
“First, I want to apologize to my family and friends, the Cardinals organization, my teammates and the fans for letting them down,” Abraham said. “I understand the significance of my actions and right now I am taking the necessary steps to handle my personal business. I am very thankful for the support from my family, friends and especially the Cardinals organization during this time in my life. I am looking forward to being back with my teammates in the near future.”
Abraham didn't show up for camp and coach Bruce Arians said the veteran lineman was excused for personal reasons.
“I'm not concerned at all,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. “He'll be back at some point here.”
Abraham recorded 11 1/2 sacks last season. He has 133 1/2 career sacks and is the active NFL sacks leader. He's recorded 48 forced fumbles.
Abraham pled guilty to driving while impaired in 2003 while playing for the New York Jets after crashing his car into a fire hydrant and light pole in New York.
Two years ago, Abraham was arrested for misdemeanor obstruction in Atlanta.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun