Pittsburgh’s Sheard suspended indefinitely

Pittsburgh defensive end involved in an altercation early Sunday morning.

According to a police affidavit, an off-duty officer was on his way home when he heard Sheard fighting with a man in the street and ordered them to stop. After Sheard ignored his request, the officer hit the player with his baton several times in an attempt to cease the altercation, but Sheard continued and ultimately threw the man through a glass door. He then carried on by hitting the bleeding man in the face while another officer pepper sprayed the two fighters.

Jabaal SheardICONPitt DE Jabaal Sheard has been suspended indefinitely from team activities.

The senior was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault as well as two misdemeanors (criminal mischief and resisting arrest) and a summary (disorderly conduct). He was arraigned later in the day and will have a preliminary hearing July 28.

Pitt athletic department spokesman E.J. Borghetti said that the university is still gathering information on the incident.

In 2009, the Hollywood Hills, Fla., native started all 13 games for the Panthers and had 42 tackles (10.5 for loss), five sacks and a team-high 12 quarterback hurries.

Along with fellow end Greg Romeus, Sheard gave head coach Dave Wannstedt one of the best pressure combinations in all of college football in '09. But it's hard to see Sheard not miss any game time because of this incident.

Teams weren't able to double Romeus as much last season with Sheard being so disruptive at the opposite end, but that could change early this season depending on how this situation develops.

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