Prosecutor to drop all but 2 minor charges for Joey Porter

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Joey Porter is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Sunday's playoff game with the Kansas City Chiefs, team president and co-owner Art Rooney II announced in a release Friday morning.

All of the charges will be formally dropped EXCEPT public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. "Out office will proceed on those charges and barring any additional evidence that is brought forward, we will withdraw the other charges at the appropriate time". The altercation happened just hours after the Steelers' wild-card playoff win against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

But the Allegheny County District Attorneys office says they have reviewed the video and Porter will only face summary disorderly conduct and summary public drunkenness.

Porter, a Bakersfield native, played linebacker for 13 seasons in the NFL. He became a defensive assistant with the team in 2014 and was promoted to assistant coach in 2015.

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"I regret that I was involved in an incident that could have been a distraction to our team", Porter said in a statement. Tomlin vowed that it would not be a distraction for the team but said Porter must understand that working in the National Football League is a privilege.

In his criminal complaint, Officer Paul Abel contends Porter grabbed both his wrists and wouldn't let go after Abel intervened in a dispute between Porter and a bouncer who refused to let Porter into a bar. "Most importantly, I regret that I touched the police officer and I sincerely apologize for that action". Steelers management decided that was enough to allow Porter to return to the team. The independent Citizen Police Review Board said that it is also reviewing the arrest in hopes of helping people "discern facts from speculation".

In reaction to these charges, the Steelers placed Porter on "leave", and wanted to wait to see where the review of the arrest would end up.

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