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Browns cut rookie LB reportedly charged with attempted murder

By Mike Singer | CBSSports.com

Cleveland Browns rookie free-agent Ausar Walcott was arrested on Tuesday and charged with attempted murder after allegedly punching a man outside a gentlemen's club in New Jersey, the Record of Bergen County, N.J., reported.

Walcott, 23, has been accused of punching a man in the head around 3 a.m. ET Sunday, according to police detective Andrew White.

The victim, 24-year-old Derrick Jones, was taken to the Harlem Hospital Center in Manhattan, where he was listed in critical condition on Tuesday, the paper reported.

The Browns reacted as swiftly as the Patriots did with Aaron Hernandez and released Walcott on Wednesday. Walcott had only been with the team since signing on May 13. The team's website lists him as a 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker from the University of Virginia.

Walcott turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday morning and was charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim. He was expected to be sent to Passaic County, N.J., jail on Tuesday night, and his bail was set at $500,000.

While at Virginia, Walcott and two teammates were suspended following an altercation on the James Madison University campus. The charges were eventually dismissed.

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