Barring something unexpected, the resolution of injured New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan‘s pending drunken-driving case won’t be a story the team will have to deal with prior to the end of this season.
Morgan’s trial had been scheduled for Wednesday; but 1st Jefferson Parish Court Judge Rebecca M. Olivier granted a delay that the Saints wideout requested on Monday alongside his lawyer, Donald “Chick” Foret, records show.
Olivier tentatively set the new date for the morning of March 18. That’s a little more than six weeks after the NFL season concludes.
Foret on Wednesday declined an opportunity to comment on Morgan’s case.
Morgan was arrested the morning of May 25 after a State Police trooper found him napping in his car, which had a flat tire and was pulled off to the side of the road near the intersection of Earhart Expressway and North Causeway Boulevard in Metairie.
Troopers say Morgan failed a series of field sobriety tests and was jailed. He submitted to a blood-alcohol analysis and allegedly registered a .218, more than twice the legal limit to drive.
Morgan, who is free on $1,150 bond, pleaded not guilty in September to charges of first-offense DWI and having no driver’s license. First-offense DWIs can carry up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.
Morgan tore his ACL during a preseason scrimmage in the summer and was placed on year-ending injured reserve. In August, he said he was participating in Stage One of the NFL’s substance abuse program.
He caught 10 passes for 379 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. His astounding 37.9 yards per catch was by far a team best.