The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department web site shows that Sharper was arrested and booked Friday on a felony charge.
The reports say that Sharper is linked to two sexual assaults, one in Oct. of 2013 and one this month.
Sharper was booked into a Los Angeles jail and released on $200,000 bail, TMZ said.
The NFL Network told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that Sharper has been suspended.
"Darren has been suspended without pay until further notice, effective immediately," Alex Riethmiller, a spokesman for NFL Network, told the Times-Picayune.
In his 14-year NFL career Sharper was a five-time Pro Bowler, two-time first-team All-Pro and member of the NFL's All-Decade team of the 2000s. He was a big part of New Orleans' 2009 Super Bowl championship team.
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