Former Arkansas and NFL running back Cedric Cobbs has avoided a jail sentence after pleading guilty to a drug-related charge, telling a judge that he is undergoing treatment for a brain disease, according to multiple reports.
Cobbs, who starred at Arkansas from 1999-2003, had a brief career in the NFL with the New England Patriots (2004) and Denver Broncos (2006) and says he is undergoing treatment for chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, which has been linked to repeated brain trauma.
According to ArkansasNews.com’s Eric Bolin, Cobbs was indicted in 2014 for trying to facilitate sales of oxycodone and other drugs. The judge sentenced Cobbs to three years of probation provided he continues receiving mental health counseling and drug treatment.
Bolin reports that Cobbs, 35, is a patient at California’s The Crosby Center, a facility that helps former players who have sustained brain injuries.