MIAMI – Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham, 27, was arrested Sunday at Miami International Airport after he accidentally brought his loaded firearm in his carry-on luggage, authorities said.
According to an arrest report, the gun was discovered inside his backpack by the Transportation Security Administration as it went through the X-ray machine.
Miami-Dade police said Bradham told TSA officers that he forgot that the gun was still in the bag and provided them with his concealed weapons permit.
Police said it was clear that Bradham had no criminal intent. However, he was not allowed to sign a promise to appear because he was out on bond for a recent charge.
Bradham was arrested in July after police said he broke another man's nose during a fight at a South Beach hotel.
According to a Miami Beach police arrest affidavit, Bradham got into an argument with an employee July 21 at the Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach when he punched the victim in the nose, causing him to fall to the ground.
Bradham was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery.
He now faces a charge of illegally carrying a concealed weapon.
The former Florida State linebacker was a team captain for the Seminoles as a senior in 2011. He led the team in tackles for three consecutive years, finishing with 306 tackles and 21.5 sacks.
Bradham signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason. The 2012 fourth-round draft pick spent the past four seasons with the Buffalo Bills.