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Browns release former University of Virginia player charged in N.J. beating

Published On: Jun 26 2013 02:21:54 PM EDT
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PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) -

The Cleveland Browns have released a rookie who is charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in northern New Jersey.

Ausar Walcott turned himself in to Passaic police Tuesday after he was identified as a suspect in an incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.

The linebacker was signed by the Browns last month. The team announced his release Wednesday.

Authorities tell The Record newspaper the 23-year-old Hackensack, N.J., native and former University of Virginia player punched 24-year-old Derrick Jones in the head just after The Palace Gentlemen's Club closed. Police say Jones, who is from New York City, is in critical condition.

Walcott is held on $500,000 bail. It's not clear if he has a defense lawyer.