Coach Norv Turner told safety Kevin Ellison to stay away from the San Diego Chargers' minicamp following his arrest on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.
Turner said he didn't want the distraction of having to talk about Ellison's arrest.
Police in Redondo Beach said Ellison was arrested Monday afternoon after he was stopped for speeding in a school zone near his former high school. Sgt. Peter Grimm said a search of Ellison's vehicle turned up 100 pills of Vicodin, which is a controlled substance. Ellison did not have a prescription, police said.
Turner was booked and released on $10,000 bail. A court date has been set for July 7.
Ellison, started nine games at strong safety as a Chargers rookie in 2009. He became a solid contributor in the Chargers secondary, working his way into the starting line up and finished with 52 tackles. He figures to face some tough competiton for playing time from fourth round draft pick Darrell Stuckey.
Also missing Monday was star tight end Antonio Gates, who was being examined by a foot specialist in North Carolina.
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