Lincoln police cited Nebraska football player Ndamukong Suh on suspicion of negligent driving early Sunday.

Suh told police he swerved to avoid hitting a cat or dog in the road, according to a police accident report. His 2003 Land Rover struck three vehicles parked along U Street between 30th and 31st streets at about 2:20 a.m.

"I'm aware of the accident and I've talked to Ndamukong about it," Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini said in a statement.

The situation will not affect Suh's playing status, an NU spokesperson said. Suh is a senior defensive tackle and is projected by many as the top pick overall in next April's NFL draft.

He did not report any injuries.

The officer who reported the crash suspected alcohol was a factor at first, but Lincoln Police Capt. David Beggs said Sunday that Suh, 22, tested well below the legal limit for drunken driving.

According to the report, the preliminary Breathalyzer measured Suh's blood-alcohol content at 0.035 percent. The legal limit for drivers in Nebraska is 0.08 percent.

Police estimate the damage to his SUV, owned by his mother, at $10,000. It was towed from the intersection.

The crash totaled one of the parked cars and caused about $8,000 damage to each of the other two.

Reach Zach Pluhacek at 473-7234 or zpluhacek@journalstar.com. Journal Star reporter Brian Christopherson contributed to this story.