Dan Connor arrested at Philadelphia airport

Linebacker Dan Connor

With his sights set on capturing the New York Giants starting middle linebacker job, Dan Connor will have to deal with some legal issues before training camp gets underway in late July.

Giants linebacker Dan Connor was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport for carrying a switchblade inside his luggage. An airport security official spotted the knife during an X-ray scan of Connor's bags and notified police.

It's become all too common for professional football players to have run-ins with the law these days, but Giants officials are hopeful this was just an honest mistake by Connor and the incident won't have a negative impact on his career. The potential starting middle linebacker for the Giants was acquired in the offseason as a free agent. Connor previously played for the Panthers and most recently for the Cowboys.

There's a chance that this episode is just a blip on the radar for Connor, who hasn't been an off-the-field problem during his career. The Giants are hoping that he's able to live up to the potential that the Panthers saw in him when used a third round pick to draft him out of Penn State in 2008.

Connor's best NFL season came in 2011, when he played 15 games and registered 54 solo tackles along with a forced fumble. Last season, though, he was relatively unproductive while backing up Sean Lee in Dallas' 3-4 system. Connor got a chance to play major snaps when Lee and fellow linebacker Bruce Carter got hurt, but he didn't impress enough to convince the Cowboys to retain him this offseason.

The Giants, however, decided to bring in Connor with the hope that he'll provide some stability at the middle linebacker position. He'll have to hold off Mark Herzlich and Aaron Curry to win the job.

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