Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is expected to face an assault and battery charge for allegedly punching a fellow inmate.

Hernandez is in jail on first-degree murder and weapons charge for allegedly orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty.

It would be a misdemeanor charge.

The case has been recommended to the district magistrate and is being contemplated now.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun