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Browns safety Lawson pleads no contest to DUI charge

Cleveland Browns defensive back Gerard Lawson pleaded no contest to driving under the influence in Cleveland Municipal Court on Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

Three other charges against Lawson stemming from the Aug. 6 hit-and-run accident were dropped.

The third-year pro was sentenced to one year of probation, 72 hours of an alternative jail program and 20 hours of community service.

Lawson, a third-year pro from Oregon State, played in five games, primarily on special teams for the Browns during the 2009 season.

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