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Browns rookie Ausar Walcott (No. 3) was charged with attempted murder (USA Today Sports Images)

Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly punching a man outside a bar in Passaic, N.J., Abbott Koloff of The Record reports.

Walcott, 23, allegedly punched a 24-year-old man in the head outside The Palace Gentlemen’s Club at around 3 a.m. ET on Sunday. The victim, Derrick Jones, was transported by friends to a hospital in New York City where he remained in critical condition as of Tuesday.

Walcott turned himself in and was arrested Tuesday morning. Police have charged Walcott with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim. The undrafted free agent from Virginia had his bail set at $500,000.

"This is a pending legal matter and we will not comment," the Browns announced on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Browns placed Walcott on waivers.

In 46 games as a safety/linebacker during his four-year career at Virginia, the 6-foot-2, 227-pound Walcott posted 128 tackles, 1.5 sacks and had four passes defensed. Walcott nearly had his college career end in 2011 when he was arrested and suspended on charges of assault and battery. Walcott began seeing a psychologist and was reinstated to the program when the charges against him were dropped.

The Browns signed Walcott to a three-year, $1.485 million contract on May 13, a deal that contained no signing bonus or guaranteed money. Walcott already faced long odds to crack the Browns' 53-man roster, but may not get the same second chance from them that he had received in college.

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