Report: Bironas’ blood alcohol content at 0.218
Nashville, Tenn. — The toxicology report shows former Titans kicker Rob Bironas had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit for driving in Tennessee when he died in a one-vehicle crash.
Testing released Friday by the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Office shows Bironas, who tried out for the Lions in the week leading up to his death, had a blood alcohol level of 0.218 percent. Tennessee’s limit for driving under the influence is 0.08 percent. The toxicology report also says a low level of Diazepam or Valium also was detected, but at a level so low to have a “negligible effect” according to a release.
The autopsy report finalized Friday shows the 36-year-old Bironas died of blunt force trauma after his SUV went off the road and crashed into a line of trees Sept. 20, and 911 calls described Bironas as chasing people and trying to run them off the road before losing control of his 2009 Yukon Denali near his home.
Staff from the medical examiner’s office and Nashville police’s traffic unit supervisor briefed Bironas’ family on the results late Friday afternoon. Police said in a statement after the crash that there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene, and the investigation is continuing.
Family and friends said at his funeral Sept. 25 that they would remember Bironas for how he lived and not the final 30 minutes of his life. Bironas married Rachel Bradshaw in June. She’s the daughter of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw.
His wife called 911 before learning he had crashed because she thought he had gone to bed for the night and then couldn’t find him in their home.
From Louisville, Kentucky, Bironas played nine seasons with the Tennessee Titans, and he was the fourth most-accurate kicker in NFL history, connecting on 85.7 percent of his kicks (239 of 279). He made a franchise-record 11 winning field goals during his career before being released in March.
Smith fined $12,000
Jets QB Geno Smith was fined $12,000 by the NFL on Friday for cursing at a fan after the team’s game against the Lions last Sunday.
Smith was walking off the field following the 24-17 defeat when he glared at a heckler in the stands and yelled at him, twice using an expletive. The fine issued by the league was for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The second-year quarterback immediately apologized after the game.
Smith has declined to say what the fan said to him that set him off.
Pittsburgh DE Cameron Heyward was fined $22,050 for using abusive language toward an official during the Steelers’ loss to the Buccaneers.
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... San Diego OT King Dunlap and Jacksonville DE Alan Branch (Michigan) were each fined $8,268 for their fight during the Chargers’ 33-14 win last Sunday.
... Chicago guard Kyle Long was also docked $8,268 for unnecessary roughness in the Bears’ loss to the Packers.
... Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the sexual assault investigation involving C.J. Spillman differs from other cases that have led to criticism of the league because the special teams player hasn’t been arrested or charged.
... Jones said on his radio show “it becomes a different situation for us” if police decide charges are warranted.
... Saints S Jairus Byrd has had season-ending knee surgery.
... The Broncos cut K Matt Prater, who’s about to come off his four-game suspension and are sticking with Brandon McManus.
... Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (Michigan State) will get his third straight start Sunday at Denver.
... Bills DT Kyle Williams and LB Nigel Bradham are both doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Lions. Williams hurt his right knee and Bradham his left knee in a loss at Houston last weekend.
... Titans QB Jake Locker (wrist) is on track to return to the starting lineup against Cleveland.
... The Bears will be without starting OT Jermon Bushrod and DT Jeremiah Ratliff at Carolina. Bushrod suffered ankle and knee injuries in practice this week. Ratliff is recovering from a concussion from the Week 2 win at San Francisco.
... Chiefs WR Donnie Avery had surgery for a sports hernia and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at San Francisco.