Browns rookie faces attempted murder charge

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Cleveland Browns rookie defensive end Ausar Walcott was arrested and charged with attempted murder after an altercation in Passaic, N.J.

The undrafted free agent from Virginia allegedly punched Derrick Jones, 24, of New York City at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday outside a gentleman's club. Jones was driven by friends to a hospital and remained in critical condition on Tuesday.

Walcott turned himself into police on Tuesday morning and was charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim. He was sent the the Passaic County jail in Paterson, N.J., and bail was set at $500,000 cash, according to the Bergen Record.

The 23-year-old Walcott signed with the Browns in May after a tryout. The Browns said Tuesday that it was aware of the situation.

"This is a pending legal matter and we will not comment," the Browns said in a statement.

While at Virginia, Walcott was suspended from the team after he was involved in a fight but later reinstated when the charges were dropped.
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