Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was reinstated by the team Friday and will return to the sidelines for Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs after charges were reduced from an alleged altercation at a bar.
The outside linebackers coach spent four days on team-administered leave following his arrest last Sunday night -- hours after the Steelers beat the Miami Dolphins in a wild-card game -- but the Allegheny County district attorney tossed out the most serious charges against Porter on Thursday. He is now being charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, both of which are summary charges in Pennsylvania, after initially being charged with aggravated assault, resistant arrest and defiant trespass.
The remaining citations have fines of up to $500 and 90 days in jail on each charge.
"We have reviewed the available information regarding the incident that took place on Sunday night," Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement. "We have also reviewed the communication from the Allegheny County District Attorney's office indicating the intention of that office to withdraw all but the summary offense charges. As an organization, we have great respect for the job the City of Pittsburgh Police perform for our community. We also respect the fact that there are ongoing legal proceedings stemming from the incident. We will await the outcome of the legal process and communicate further with the NFL regarding the Personal Conduct Policy before making any further decisions on potential discipline."
Porter was accused in a criminal complaint of picking up a bouncer after being denied entrance into a Pittsburgh bar and grabbing the wrists of an intervening police officer.
Porter apologized in his statement released by the team Friday.
"I am grateful to be allowed to return to our coaching staff this weekend," Porter said. "I regret that I was involved in an incident that could have been a distraction to our team. Most importantly, I regret that I touched the police officer and I sincerely apologize for that action. Thankfully, no one was injured."
Porter, in his third season on the Steelers' coaching staff, was a star linebacker for Pittsburgh from 1999-2006 and played in 13 NFL seasons. He is in his second season as the outside linebackers coach.