Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the running back situation is more heated than he'd expected and credited Quinton Ganther with adding to that battle.
Ganther, signed as a free agent over the offseason, is playing both tailback and fullback and clearly is in the mix of a competition that will play out through the preseason.
"There's no rush," Carroll said. "I don't care which way it goes and I don't care when we figure it out, I think we have some guys that are really battling. I think probably the best surprise is how competitive Ganther has been.
"He's really been in the midst of it and the fact that he's playing fullback as well for us and can double up and give us some hard-nosed running at the tailback spot is really a plus for what the group offers. It's been a group I've been very pleased with so far and I think the competition is only going to heat up at this point."
Ganther was a sought after free agent late in 2009, as he became Washington's primary back, but he didn't look particularly impressive. His best-case scenario in Seattle would be as a short-yardage touchdown threat, as Justin Forsett and Leon Washington aren't ideal inside runners. However, the Seahawks also have Julius Jones, and while Jones is clearly nothing special, it's hard to see Ganther cracking the rotation.
The good news for Seahawks running back Quinton Ganther is that, per a league source, his blood-alcohol concentration was measured close to the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
The potentially bad news comes from the fact that we don't yet know whether he was close on the good side, or close on the bad side.
The legal limit in every state currently is 0.08 percent (the federal government used the carrot of highway dollars several years ago to persuade state governments to drop the maximum from what was in most state 0.10 percent). Many if not most (if not all) states permit prosecution even if the measured amount is under 0.08 percent, but it's typically much harder to get a conviction absent the legal presumption that anyone measured by science to have a BAC of 0.08 or greater is legally intoxicated, even if he or she shows no signs of intoxication.
Still, even if Ganther's result ends up being close on the good side, NFL players need to realize that, if they've been drinking, there are other ways to get home, including the league's "safe ride" program.
Seattle running back Quinton Ganther, signed by the Seahawks this offseason, was arrested in Sacramento, California Saturday morning on suspicion of DUI.
Ganther, 25, was booked into the Sacramento County main jail at 6:50 a.m., according to the inmate registry.
Ganther signed with Seattle this offseason after playing last season with Washington where the coaching staff included Sherman Smith, now the Seahawks running backs coach. Ganther is contending for a roster spot as a backup running back and special-teams contributor.
Ganther attended Utah, and spent the first three years of his NFL career with the Tennessee Titans where Smith was previously an assistant.
The Seahawks are looking into the situation, but as per team policy, declined to comment on the pending case.
Ganther was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers, according to the jail registry, which also indicated he remained in custody as of 10:22 a.m. His bail was listed at $1,482, and a court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.