49ers lineman Al Netter arrested for DUI

Al Netter, a practice squad offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, has been arrested and charged with DUI.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Netter was arrested Wednesday by California Highway Patrol in San Jose. He was charged with having a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of 0.08. Netter was an undrafted free agent from Northwestern last season.

“The 49ers are aware of the recent matter involving Al Netter,” the team said in a statement to the Press Democrat. “We take these issues very seriously, but will reserve comment at this time as this is an ongoing legal matter. The organization will continue to gather the facts and monitor the developments closely.”

There is an unofficial but very real sliding scale of justice that NFL teams use. Netter must hope he doesn’t tip that scale as a practice squad player.

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