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Boyett cut by Colts following arrest

Boyett cut by Colts following arrest

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INDIANAPOLIS — Colts safety John Boyett, a Napa High School graduate, was arrested early Monday in Indianapolis after he tried to run away from police, according to an Associated Press report.

According to the police report, the 23-year-old rookie was upset he was not allowed into a downtown bar because he had too much to drink. The report said when an officer attempted to arrest Boyett, he ran. After he was caught, the report said, Boyett repeatedly argued police could not arrest him because he “was a Colts player.”

The Associated Press reports that Boyett faces charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The Colts announced Tuesday morning that Boyett has been cut from the team.

Attempts to reach Boyett on Monday were unsuccessful.

Boyett’s father, Dan Boyett of Napa, declined to offer a statement.

John Boyett, a University of Oregon alum, was Indy’s sixth-round draft pick in April, but has not practiced because of injuries to both knees. Boyett was the 192nd overall player taken in the draft.

The injuries kept him out of all but one game last season and he is now on the reserve/non-football injury list.

He appeared in 40 games (35 starts) for Oregon and totaled 278 tackles (182 solo), 30 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, seven tackles for losses, and a half of a sack.

He had season-ending surgeries on both knees to repair partial tears of both patellar tendons following Oregon’s 2012 opener. Dr. Neal ElAttrache, an orthopedic surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, performed the surgeries. Boyett made the decision to have the surgeries after consulting with five doctors.

He played in Oregon’s season opener last year, making two tackles and intercepting a pass in the Ducks’ win over Arkansas State.

Boyett was not able to run or do or any on-field work at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis in February. However, he finished second among all safeties with 27 reps in the 225-pound bench press at the combine, which is attended by coaches, general managers, scouts and player personnel executives from all 32 NFL teams. The combine also includes team interviews, media interviews, measurements and medical examinations.

He was medically cleared and looked sharp at his pro day at Napa Memorial Stadium in April. He ran a 4.57 time in the 40-yard dash and impressed scouts from eight NFL teams with his footwork, cutting, pass catching, speed and overall talent during a 45-minute workout that focused on different drills.

“It’s an honor to be able to get an opportunity to play football at the highest level. The Colts are a great organization with great coaches. I’m happy to be a part of it,” Boyett said earlier in the year.

He started all four years for Oregon and in 2009 became the school’s first freshman to lead the Ducks in tackles since defensive records were first consistently accumulated in 1969.

Boyett earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors by Phil Steele and was a second-team selection by the Pac-12 coaches as a junior in 2011. He was also an All-America honorable mention selection by Pro Football Weekly.

He was a team leader and one of the top defensive backs in Oregon football history.

He said his goal is to get healthy so that he can see the field and help the team in whatever way he can.

“It’s a big learning experience for me, learning the defense and learning from the veterans and just continuing to try to become a better player.”

At Napa High, he received first-team all-state accolades from and four-star acclaim by, Northern California Player of the Year honors by, and EA Sports second-team All-America.

He ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns while completing 8 of 15 passes for 159 yards and a TD to lead Napa to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship over St. Mary’s of Stockton, 38-36.

Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James contributed to this report.

This story has been updated with information about Boyett being cut by the Colts.

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