Kiel Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

(AP) - San Diego Chargers safety Terrence Kiel today pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor drug charges for shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas.  It was part of a plea bargain in San Diego that could allow him to avoid jail time.

Kiel grew up in Lufkin, Texas, and played at Texas A and M.  Kiel was ordered to undergo counseling for gambling and do 100 hours of volunteer work, including talking to young people about the dangers of drugs.

If he does that before his August seventh sentencing and remains law-abiding, the felony conviction will be dismissed and Kiel will be placed on probation. Kiel was arrested in the team's locker room last September. Kiel admitted to shipping at least two parcels of prescription coughsyrup, apparently to be mixed with soft drinks to make a concoction known as "lean."