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Nebraska LB Josh Banderas has felony charge for stealing bikes dropped

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LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 29: Running back Jordan Canzeri #33 of the Iowa Hawkeyes outruns linebacker Josh Banderas #52 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their game at Memorial stadium on November 29, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Nebraska LB Josh Banderas will enter a diversion program after having a felony theft charge against him dropped.

Banderas and Lucas Keifer, a distance runner for Nebraska, were accused of stealing bicycles. The two allegedly cut the bikes away from a bike rack with bolt cutters and drove away with seven bikes in the back of a truck. They were then pulled over by police and the bikes were seized.

Since Banderas had no prior felony charges, he was able to enter a diversion program and will not face the charges. Much like Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the civil citation he received for shoplifting, prosecutors will have the right to refile the charges against Banderas if he does not complete the diversion program.

According to the Lincoln Journal-Star, Keifer's case is still open.

Banderas played all 13 games last year for Nebraska and had 28 tackles.

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