Andrea Swalec

Redskins Safety Placed on Reserve After Assault, Battery Charges

The Washington Redskins player accused of assaulting a man early Tuesday in Loudoun County, Virginia, is done for the season, the team announced Wednesday.

Montae Nicholson, 23, was charged with assault and battery, and drunk in public. A woman he was with, 24-year-old Sydney Maggiore, also was charged.

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The team released a statement Wednesday saying Nicholson was placed on the non-football injure reserve list.

“I’ll take a look at all that stuff, talk to Montae first, look at the video and whatever’s out there, obviously the police, and go from there,” head coach Jay Gruden said.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to a report of a fight at the One Loudoun shopping center in Ashburn just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. They found two victims in the 20400 block of Exchange Street outside the World of Beer restaurant. They said a man and woman assaulted them.

An investigation determined that Nicholson assaulted the man, and Maggiore hit the woman with a bottle and assaulted the man as well, the sheriff's office said. The Redskins player and woman left the area and returned while deputies were still there.

One of the victims said the trouble started when Nicholson and Maggiore "pulled up in a vehicle and honked the horn at them." An argument escalated to physical violence. It wasn't clear if Nicholson and Maggiore knew the victims.

Nicholson was released on $2,500 bond. Maggiore was charged with assault and battery, and malicious wounding.

The victims were taken to a hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Nicholson is a second-year safety with a contract worth more than $3 million.

Earlier Wednesday, the Redskins placed cornerback Danny Johnson on injured reserve and signed defensive back Jeremy Reaves to the active roster.

"Every week it's something," said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman about dealing with all of the changes in the secondary this season. "Injuries, sit outs, illness, the little engine that could train. We're going to be at the game and we're going to fight hard."

A 2017 fourth-round pick out of Michigan State, Nicholson has played in all 14 of Washington's games and is 10th on the team with 41 tackles. He started the first seven games of his second NFL season before moving to a backup role for the past seven after the Redskins traded for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

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