November 29, 2001 at 8:24 PM EST - Updated July 27 at 12:40 AM
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Cleveland Browns rookie defensive tackle Gerard Warren (pictured, right) won't have to face firearms charges until after the NFL season is over.
A pretrial hearing on a concealed firearms charge in Pittsburgh was delayed until Feb. 21 at the request of Warren's lawyer.
The Browns play their final regular-season game Jan. 6, in Pittsburgh. The season ends after the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.
Warren, the team's No. 1 draft pick this season, was arrested in Pittsburgh on Nov. 20, for having a concealed weapon in his car while attending a party thrown by Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress.
Police were questioning a passenger for suspected drug use in Warren's car parked outside a nightclub when they saw an empty gun holster.
According to the police report, a .45 Glock handgun belonging to Warren was found locked inside a console in the vehicle.
Bob Del Greco, a Pittsburgh lawyer representing Brown, said the weapons charge can be classified as a felony or misdemeanor.
"I am very, very confident that the conclusion will be made that it is not a felony, but a misdemeanor," Del Greco said.
Warren said his brother, Corey, a Florida policeman, bought the gun for him and he produced documents showing ownership. However, Warren didn't have a license to carry it.
Warren was suspended for one game without pay by the Browns and missed last Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was reinstated to the team on Tuesday by coach Butch Davis and is expected to be back in the starting lineup Sunday against Tennessee.
Warren practiced with the Browns on Wednesday, but was not available for interviews.
Davis said Warren had nothing to do with the marijuana found in his car, and did not know the passenger, Percy Blue, who was charged with drug possession.
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