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Posted: Monday July 9, 2012 9:16PM ; Updated: Monday July 9, 2012 9:16PM

Eagles RB Lewis charged with falsely reporting fire

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eagles backup running back Dion Lewis was arrested in Albany over the weekend and charged with falsely reporting a fire and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

The incident occurred when Lewis and his older brother were locked out of their hotel room. Lewis was released after his arraignment and his brother was being held in Albany County jail without bail.

"I want to apologize to my family, the Albany community, the Eagles organization and fans, and to the NFL for my involvement in an incident this past weekend," Lewis said in a statement. "It was never my intention to cause any public alarm or damage any property. I am sorry for any embarrassment and inconvenience that my actions have caused. I am committed to continuing to conduct myself in conformance with the high moral, ethical and professional standards that I have my entire life and of which so many others rightly expect of me.

"Because the matter is still in the hands of the court system, I cannot comment any further."

Lewis was a fifth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011. He was Philadelphia's primary kickoff return specialist last season as the Eagles finished 8-8. Lewis scored his first touchdown and posted a career-high 58 rushing yards in the season finale against Washington, a 34-10 victory, at home.

For the season, he finished with 102 yards and that one score. He played in 15 games.

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