Chad Johnson charged with battery

Six-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson has been formally charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery. The Broward State Attorney’s Office filed the charge Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Johnson faces up to a year in county jail. He was arrested last month after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home. He was later freed on $2,500 bond. The confrontation came barely a month after Johnson married Evelyn Lozada. The 34-year-old Johnson had been battling for a spot on the Miami Dolphins after a disappointing season with the Patriots in 2011. The Dolphins released Johnson a day after his arrest.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday and to file a written plea of not guilty.

Meeting ASAP NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wants to meet with the players whose bounty suspensions were temporarily lifted ‘‘as soon as possible.’’ An appeals panel last week overturned the suspensions of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (2012 season) and defensive end Will Smith (four games) for their roles in the team’s bounty program from 2009-11. Browns linebacker Scott Fujita got three games and DE Anthony Hargrove, now a free agent, got eight. Fujita practices

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - AUGUST 11:  In this hand...

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – AUGUST 11: In this handout photo provided by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Chad Johnson is seen in a police booking photo at Broward County Sheriff’s Office on August 11, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Johnson was arrested on a domestic violence charge following accusations that he had head-butted his wife. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)


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