Packers’ Kendricks pleads not guilty on marijuana charge

Green Bay Packers' Lance Kendricks celebrates his touchdown catch with fans during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

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APPLETON (WLUK) – The attorney for Packers tight end Lance Kendricks has entered a not guilty plea for the player on a marijuana possession count.

A trial date on the misdemeanor charge was set for March 12 during Thursday’s hearing. Kendricks was not required to appear, and did not do so, court records show.

Kendricks, 30, was originally given a ticket after a September 2017 traffic stop in Outagamie County. However, the ticket was dropped and a criminal count was filed in October.

According to the criminal complaint, a state trooper pulled Kendricks over on I-41 in Grand Chute. His vehicle was clocked at 81 mph in a 70 mph zone. During the stop, the trooper noticed the smell of marijuana. Kendricks admitted he had marijuana in the glove compartment. A search of the glove compartment turned up marijuana, rolling paper and a grinder used to prepare the leaves for smoking.

If convicted, Kendricks could be sentenced to six months behind bars and have his driver’s license suspended for up to five years.