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Bears RB Wolfe faces multiple charges after arrest in Miami

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Chicago Bears running back Garrett Wolfe became the latest NFL player to end up on the wrong side of the law during the league's protracted labor fight.

Wolfe, a Chicago native who has played with the Bears the past four seasons, was arrested at a Miami Beach nightclub early Sunday and charged with retail theft, disorderly conduct, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest with violence, according to police.

"He became aggressive while being ejected by bouncers, and two off-duty officers were summoned," Miami Beach Police detective Juan Sanchez told the Chicago Sun-Times. "They gave him the opportunity to settle his bill, and he refused. He attacked one of the officers. Both officers suffered minor injuries."

Wolfe's bond has been set at $11,500. He's the 13th NFL player to be arrested since league owners started the lockout March 12.

Wolfe, who could become a free agent once the NFL lockout ends, has 282 yards on 72 carries in his career with the Bears. Last season, he had just 8 yards on four carries. He was one of the most productive running backs in the nation during his time with the University of Northern Illinois, but he hasn't shown the same game-changing ability since being selected by the Bears in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

The circumstances of Sunday morning further cloud the running back's future with the Bears or any NFL team. Wolfe spoke of his uncertain status last week.

"I'm one of those guys caught in limbo," Wolfe told the Sun-Times. "I've finished my fourth year; technically, I'm a free agent. But with no (collective-bargaining agreement) and under the terms from last year, I'm not a free agent, so I'm caught in between. If we get a CBA figured out, I'll be a free agent; but if we don't, I'm not a free agent. I'm just stuck in between."

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