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Chargers WR Jackson briefly handcuffed after traffic stop Sunday

SAN DIEGO -- Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was briefly handcuffed and had his car impounded following a traffic stop Sunday, just a few hours before a 17-14 divisional-playoff loss to the New York Jets, police said.

Det. Gary Hassen said Monday that a traffic officer pulled over Jackson for playing loud music. Jackson was cited for driving with a suspended license and expired tags. Jackson was briefly handcuffed, which Hassen said is part of standard procedure in such situations.


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Jackson has been arrested twice for suspicion of driving under the influence since joining the Chargers. He pleaded guilty in a 2006 case and was on probation when he was arrested again last January. That case has been delayed several times.

"I don't have a concern about Vincent in general," Chargers coach Norv Turner said.

Jackson avoided reporters by leaving the Chargers' complex through a back way Monday. He got into a car and was driven away.

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith didn't return a call seeking comment.

The traffic stop occurred near Chargers headquarters, about two miles north of Qualcomm Stadium. Jackson had to catch a ride to the game with quarterback Philip Rivers.

"Billy and I carpool," Rivers said, referring to backup quarterback Billy Volek. "Vincent joined in."

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