Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Manziel indicted on assault charge

DALLAS — A Dallas County grand jury voted to indict former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel after he was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

The indictment will be made public today, the Dallas Morning News reported Monday.

Manziel faces a charge of misdemeanor assault. He is accused of kidnapping, hitting and threatening to kill ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley in January. Dallas police referred a misdemeanor domestic violence assault case to a grand jury instead of making an arrest. Typically, Dallas County grand juries hear only felony cases. The Class A misdemeanor carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Manziel attorney Bob Hinton said the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner will plead not guilty and remains in Los Angeles. Manziel is without a team after being cut by the Browns.

Bucs sign ex-UCF RB: Adding to their depth before the draft begins Thursday, the Bucs signed former Miami, UCF and Jaguars running back Storm Johnson, 23, who will compete for a backup job. He was out of the NFL last season after being among the Jaguars' final cuts.

Winston rises up charts: Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston remains the team's hottest player for selling merchandise nationally. The former Florida State star was 30th among NFL players in year-end sales figures released by the Players Association. The top pick in last year's draft was second among rookies. Titans QB Marcus Mariota ranked 16th overall. The Patriots' Tom Brady was No. 1 on the list, ahead of fellow quarterbacks Peyton Manning (Broncos, now retired) and Russell Wilson (Seahawks).

Bradford wants a trade: The Eagles don't plan to deal quarterback Sam Bradford despite his trade demand, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The Eagles traded up last week for the No. 2 pick in the draft Thursday. The consensus is they will draft a quarterback.

Around the league: The Chiefs signed wide receiver and former Bucs first-round draft pick Mike Williams to a one-year deal, NFL Network reported. Williams, 28, spent his first four seasons with Tampa Bay. … Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin, a former FSU standout who missed last season with a torn ACL, said he should be ready by training camp. He will be limited in pre-camp workouts.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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