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Gill's future with Colts in doubt after public intoxication arrest

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Anderson - An Indianapolis Colts player did not make it to training camp Monday after his arrest for public intoxication.

Colts President Bill Polian tells Eyewitness News that although the team still has to determine John Gill's status, he won't be playing anytime soon. Polian says the plan is to send Gill to rehab.

"With respect to John Gill, he's got a problem, clearly, that unfortunately many Americans are familiar with either in their family or in their workplace. So our number one priority for him is to get treatment and we're in that process right now. Football is not a priority. It's not even a consideration," said Polian.

Polian also said he expects the NFL to place Gill in a roster category that would keep him inactive this season.

Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said the team's biggest concern right now is for Gill's overall well-being.

"It's bigger than football, and oftentimes you have situations that arise like this. Fortunately with Jim Irsay and Bill [Polian] and the rest of the organization they put the person first, and that's the most important," said Coach Caldwell.

The 23-year-old Gill was released from jail after the charge was dropped. The Marion County prosecutor's office said Monday it reviewed the details of the arrest and determined that charges weren't warranted.

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Metro Police found defensive lineman John Gill early Sunday morning lying in the ditch, without his shoes on, at 36th and Lafayette Road. There was no vehicle in the area.The police report did say he was wearing a blue shirt and khaki shorts, which police described as disheveled and soiled.

Officers say he was unable to stand up, fell several times and that they could smell a strong odor of alcohol and his speech was slurred.

Gill is in his second year with the Colts and was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster late last year. He joined his teammates as they held their first week of camp in Anderson this week.

Sunday was the only day off for the team and Gill spent much of it in the custody of police. He was released from the Arrestee Processing Center Sunday afternoon. He will not face charges.

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi issued the following statement on why no charges were filed:

"The Marion County Prosecutor's Office reviewed the facts known at the time of the arrest and determined that criminal charges were not warranted. At the time of arrest, booking and review, the prosecutor's office was not aware that John Gill was an Indianapolis Colts football player, and that fact had nothing to do with the actions taken. Minor offenses, such as these, are often times not filed if there are no other aggravating circumstances and the person does not have a notable criminal history."

Training camp continues Monday in Anderson with practices at 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.

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