Aug 26, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Justyn Ross (8) catches a pass for a touchdown against Cleveland Browns cornerback Lorenzo Burns (27) during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Misdemeanor battery charge added against Chiefs WR Justyn Ross

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Justyn Ross was due in court Tuesday afternoon to face a pair of misdemeanor charges, including domestic battery.

It initially was reported that Ross was arrested Monday in Shawnee, Kan., on suspicion of criminal damage exceeding $25,000, a felony.

However, a report from 610SportsKC on Tuesday said he was in the custody of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on domestic battery with no priors and criminal damage of less than $1,000.

He was being held without bond pending the arraignment on Tuesday.

The Chiefs acknowledged awareness of the arrest but have yet to issue an official comment.

Ross, 23, was signed by Kansas City as an undrafted free agent out of Clemson in May 2022. He missed all of last season due to a foot injury.

He made his NFL debut this year, and he has appeared off the bench in all seven of the Chiefs’ games. Ross has three catches for 34 yards, though he hasn’t been targeted with a pass in either of the past two games.

Ross had a 1,000-yard receiving season for Clemson as a freshman in 2018, but he missed all of the 2020 season following spinal surgery.

–Field Level Media

Michigan defensive lineman Mazi Smith (58) pressures Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford (14) during the second half Oct. 15, 2022 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

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Reports: Michigan DL Mazi Smith takes plea deal in gun case

Michigan starting defensive lineman Mazi Smith entered a guilty plea on Thursday to a misdemeanor weapon charge, avoiding prosecution on a more serious felony count.

The Detroit Free Press and MLive Media said the felony weapon charge was dismissed. By taking the plea deal, Smith won’t have a criminal record, provided he successfully completes all conditions of the deal, per the reports.

Sentencing was set for Dec. 29 — two days before No. 2 Michigan meets No. 3 TCU in a College Football Playoff semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.

Appearing via video feed before 14A District Judge J. Cedric Simpson, Smith admitted to having a Glock 19 gun in his possession during a traffic stop on Oct. 7 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The gun was registered to Smith, but he didn’t yet have a concealed pistol license.

The concealed weapon charge was not filed until Dec. 1, and Smith was not barred from team activities. The senior played in the Big Ten Championship game last Saturday when Michigan beat Purdue and made two tackles.

“We are aware of the charge against Mazi from a traffic stop back in October,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement when the charge was filed last week. “Mazi was honest, forthcoming and cooperative from the very beginning and is a tremendous young man. He is not and never has been considered a threat to the University or community.”

A first-team All-Big Ten selection this year, Smith has 45 tackles in 13 games for the undefeated Wolverines.

–Field Level Media

Apr 25, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) works out during a Denver Broncos mini camp at UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Charge dropped against Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy

A judge in Arapahoe County, Colo., dismissed a misdemeanor charge against Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy on Tuesday.

The district attorney’s office had moved to have the case closed against Jeudy, who was arrested earlier this month and charged with second-degree criminal tampering with a domestic violence enhancer, a misdemeanor. He was held overnight in the county jail.

Jeudy was scheduled to make a court appearance on Tuesday, but it was canceled with the dismissal of the charge.

“After reviewing the evidence, I always believed that no crime had been committed and all charges would be dismissed,” Jeudy’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, told ESPN.

9News reported May 12 that Jeudy admitted to taking a wallet and baby formula belonging to the mother of his infant child after she took one of his phones. He locked the items in his car, according to the report.

The television station said the woman told the judge she called 911 only to have police “monitor” the situation and not to have him arrested. She also said she never felt that she was in danger.

Jeudy, 23, has played two seasons with the Broncos since they selected him in the first round (15th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He played in 10 games (five starts) last season while dealing with a high ankle sprain and a stint on the COVID-19 list.

He has been participating in offseason workouts with the team.

–Field Level Media