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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 10:00 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A suspended South Carolina state trooper threatened to use a Taser on Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery during a traffic stop last week for speeding.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter shouted directions at Montgomery during the stop early Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 262-pound lineman attempts to comply when Salter tells him if he can't follow the commands "the next thing you're going to get is the Taser."

"Whoa," Montgomery responds, "I'm not trying to cause problems."

The video was released after an open records request by The Associated Press.

Montgomery was arrested for going 89 mph on a 55 mph road in Laurens County. He was booked and spent the night in jail until getting released on $355 bond. He has a court date of July 16, according to the ticket issued by Salter.

Salter was suspended by the state Department of Public Safety on Thursday and his conduct during the stop is under investigation by the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility. Salter has been with the South Carolina Highway Patrol since 2000.

The agency said Salter was within the law to make an arrest for a speeding violation in excess of 25 mph. But a statement released Monday said "Salter's behavior during the traffic stop of Mr. Montgomery was not representative of professionalism displayed by our troopers and officers every day around the state."

Montgomery said he was returning home to Greenwood when pulled over. He played football for Greenwood High, then spent three seasons at LSU where he had 19 career sacks and helped the Tigers to the 2011 national championship game won by Alabama.

Montgomery was selected by Houston in the third round of the 2013 draft. However, he was inactive for the Texans' first seven games and waived by the club last October. Oakland signed him to the practice squad in December. Montgomery signed with Cincinnati as a free agent in April.

Agency spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli said in a statement the department expects troopers treat the public with courtesy and respect. When Montgomery's arrest was brought to the agency's attention, "we began a review of the traffic stop and self-initiated an internal investigation."

Salter's harsh tone changes after handcuffing Montgomery and moving him into the trooper car.

Montgomery phones his mother with Salter's help and the two discuss what Montgomery might face because of his excessive speed. When Montgomery tells the officer that he accepts responsibility and will pay whatever fine is asked, Salters counsels says it might be in the driver's best interest to come to traffic court and see if he can get the penalties — and potential points against his license — lessened.

"And I will work with you on your ticket," Salter tells Montgomery. "I'm pretty fair, any man comes to court, asks for help on a ticket, I'll do what I can."

Montgomery says he was at fault for going too fast. "Bad deal," he said. "Trying to get home. I'll take the lick. I was wrong."

-- Pete Iacobelli

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AP source: Eagles RT Johnson failed drug test

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson faces a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the league hasn't announced the suspension, says Johnson violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Johnson played all but one snap last season after being the fourth overall selection in the draft.

It's not known if Johnson will appeal the suspension. He's allowed to play in preseason games.

Johnson was part of an offensive line unit that started every game last season, helped the Eagles set several offensive team records and win the NFC East. Allen Barbre or Dennis Kelly could replace him the first month of the season. Kelly started seven games at right tackle in 2012.

The Philadelphia Daily News first reported the suspension.

-- Rob Maaddi

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Dolphins sign Colledge to one-year deal

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have signed offensive lineman Daryn Colledge to a one-year contract.

Colledge spent the past three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Before that, he spent five seasons with the Green Bay Packers, where he was coached by current Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.

Colledge gives the Dolphins depth at guard. He has appeared in all 128 games over his eight-year career, and that streak is the most by any active guard in the NFL.

General manager Dennis Hickey says Colledge is "a proven player who brings a tremendous amount of experience and versatility to the organization."

Colledge is a native of North Pole, Alaska and played his college ball at Boise State. The deal was announced on Monday.

49ers sign G Netter

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have signed guard Al Netter to a one-year deal. The team announced the deal to bring back Netter on Monday, less than a month after he was waived.

Netter entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern in 2012 and spent that entire season on San Francisco's practice squad. He spent last season on the practice squad for the 49ers and Tennessee and has yet to play a game in the NFL. He re-signed with San Francisco in January but was waived June 3.

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Big crane delivery begins at Vikings stadium site

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings stadium construction site has an important delivery on the way.

Portions of a 400-foot mobile crane began arriving Monday, with a total of 70 truckloads schedule to drop off the sections over a 10-day period. The crane is needed to hoist the steel pieces forming the top of the roof that at its peak will be 300 feet high. The crane will move back and forth, once assembled, on tracks that stand more than 8 feet high. There are already five fixed cranes on the site, ranging from 250 to 300 feet high.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairman Michelle Kelm-Helgen says 10 percent of the building has already been completed. The stadium is scheduled to open about two years from now.

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