Following his arrest Tuesday, Nicholson has been charged with assault and battery and public drunkenness. He won't be eligible to return this season, even if his team makes an unexpected playoff run.
Nicholson (finger) was arrested Tuesday morning in Loudoun County, Va. following allegations of assault and public intoxication, Troy Machir of NBC Sports Washington reports. "We are aware of the arrest of Montae Nicholson," Redskins spokesman Tony Wylie said in a statement. "We are gathering more information and will not comment until we have further details."
Nicholson's usage in the defense has taken a hit since the midseason acquisition of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and now legal troubles have engulfed the second-year safety. There's no telling if Nicholson's roster spot may be in jeopardy, but it appears the Redskins will hold off on a decision in the short term. Following the arrest, he also may be subject to a suspension under the league's personal conduct policy.
Nicholson suffered a finger injury and is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Nicholson was thought to be ruled out for Sunday's matchup with an illness, but was active only to leave with the finger injury. The 23-year-old hasn't played more than three defensive snaps since Week 9, so the Redskins defense is unlikely to be significantly impacted should he be unable to return.
Contrary to a previous report, Nicholson (illness) will play in Sunday's game versus the Jaguars.
Nicholson has been a special teams fixture for the last five weeks as he drew in for just four defensive snaps in that stretch. The same will likely continue with both Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and D.J. Swearinger ahead of him in the depth chart.
Nicholson (illness) won't play Sunday against the Jaguars, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Nicholson has had issues with illness for some time now, dating back even to Week 11 against the Texans. The Michigan State product will miss his first game of the season Sunday. Nicholson, however, only has 26 defensive snaps in the last six games and none in his last four. Therefore, the Washington secondary likely won't be impacted too much by his absence.