In October 1998, on his way home after a night of drinking to celebrate his 24th birthday, linebacker Leonard Little ran a red light and drove his car into another vehicle, killing its driver. Little pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and served 90 overnights in prison. In addition to missing the rest of the '98 season, he was suspended for the first eight games of last year, and upon his return he played sparingly on special teams. This year, Little—who is adept at playing the run and rushing the passer—inherits the fourth linebacker spot, behind London Fletcher and veterans Todd Collins and Mike Jones. Little's internship will not last long, though. " Leonard Little," says coach Mike Martz pointedly, "is our next outside linebacker."