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Defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman of the Chicago Bears looks on during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Allsport)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Former NFL defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman has been released from the Tulsa County Jail after pleading no contest to a variety of charges.

Spellman pleaded no contest Monday to 10 counts filed in 2008 that include felony charges of eluding a police officer and assault with a dangerous weapon.

He was sentenced to one year in jail and was released after receiving credit for time served.

Spellman’s attorney, David Phillips, said the plea agreement was good for all involved and called Spellman “a really, really, really nice guy” as long as he takes medication for mental health issues.

Phillips said Spellman was not taking his medication at the time of the incident.

Spellman’s NFL career ended in 2001 after playing for Chicago, Dallas and Detroit.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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