New York Giants rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta was arrested Tuesday morning for a traffic violation in Weehawken, New Jersey, a source confirmed to ESPN.
NJ Advance Media first reported the incident.
Lauletta was reportedly trying to make a right turn from the wrong lane to get to Route 495 West. He was told to keep going straight, but made the turn anyway and nearly ran over the officer at the scene. Lauletta was then stopped by another office at the end of the on-ramp.
“We were made aware of the situation this morning, and we have been in contact with Kyle,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement. “We are still in the process of gathering information. This is obviously very disappointing.”
Lauletta was the Giants’ fourth-round pick this year out of Richmond. He has not yet dressed for a game.
There seemed to be a growing sense that the Giants could play him in the coming weeks. On Monday, Shurmur said “we’ll see” when asked if Eli Manning would start following the bye week, on the road against the San Francisco 49ers.
Lauletta was not at Tuesday’s practice, according to several players, even though Shurmur said at his news conference that everybody was out there. It was a missed opportunity, with it being a veteran day and the rookie quarterback likely pegged to receive some first-team snaps.
Most of the players didn’t seem to know why Lauletta wasn’t at practice. They were hearing and reading about the traffic incident during the open locker room period after practice.
“Definitely really surprised,” fellow rookie Saquon Barkley said. “Don’t know too much about it. That’s more sort of a question for Coach Shurmur.
“I know Kyle really well and it was definitely shocking. I don’t know too much about it to speak on it, to be honest, but I know it’s really nothing probably. I know it sounds crazy, but I know it’s probably nothing crazy because of the person he is.”
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