The New England Patriots have re-signed Ojinnaka, acquired in a preseason trade with Atlanta.|||||||
The Patriots acquired Ojinnaka in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 23 and released him on Sept. 30 before he played a game for them. The Falcons had drafted him in the fifth round in 2006 out of Syracuse.
The Falcons have traded Ojinnaka to the Patriots for an undisclosed draft pick.|||||||
Ojinnaka is suspended without pay for the season opener for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. He was accused of tossing his wife down stairs and throwing her out of the house. Ojinnaka started five games at right guard in 2009. The Falcons bolstered their offensive line in the offseason by drafting guard Mike Johnson and center Joe Hawley.
The NFL says Ojinnaka has been suspended without pay for the season opener after being arrested last year.|||||||
Ojinnaka will miss the first regular-season game at Pittsburgh on Sept. 12. The league announced the suspension on Thursday, citing its personal conduct policy. Police in suburban Gwinnett County said Ojinnaka was arrested in May 2009 on a simple battery charge after his wife confronted him over his contact with a female friend on the social networking site Facebook. He was accused of tossing her down some stairs and throwing her out of the house.
Ojinnaka is free on bond after being accused of fighting with his wife over his Facebook activity, police said Friday.|||||||
Ojinnaka, a fourth-year reserve drafted out of Syracuse in the fifth round of 2006, was charged with simple battery, said police spokesman David Schiralli in suburban Gwinnett County. Ojinnaka, who has started seven of 30 career games, told police his wife began the fight by attempting to stab him with a pen. Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said Friday that coach Mike Smith had talked with Ojinnaka, but the team would have no further comment.
Ojinnaka will make his first career start Sunday against San Francisco, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.|||||||
Ojinnaka will start at left tackle, a position where Wayne Gandy and Renardo Foster have both been lost to season-ending knee injuries. Ojinnaka, drafted in the sixth round in 2006, saw his most action in game 16 last season while replacing Todd Weiner at right tackle.