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North Carolina authorities drop charges against Redskins OL Bridges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charges against Washington Redskins offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges stemming from an incident at a North Carolina restaurant have been dropped.

Mecklenburg County District Court spokesman Charles Keller said Monday that two counts of simple assault and one count of communicating threats were dismissed by the district attorney.

No other information was immediately available. Bridges' attorney, Eben Rawls, didn't immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Career Bio
Height: 6-4 Weight: 326

Experience: 7th season

College: Southern Miss

Bridges was a member of the Carolina Panthers when he was arrested on Dec. 7 in Charlotte. He was accused of spraying champagne on other customers and getting into a dispute with a restaurant employee one night earlier while he celebrated his anniversary with his wife.

It marked the second time in 16 months that Bridges was arrested on an assault charge. He was convicted of pointing a gun at a woman outside a strip club one day before the Panthers reported to training camp in 2007.

The team suspended Bridges for the first two regular-season games for that incident. He was later convicted, given a suspended 60-day jail sentence and ordered to perform community service.

The Panthers, who deactivated Bridges from their game the night after his second arrest in December, released him in a salary-cap move in February. He signed with the Redskins last month.

Bridges twice had hearings in his latest case postponed when snowfall closed the court. The case was delayed again after Bridges changed attorneys before the charges were dropped.

Since the charges were dropped, Bridges most likely will not face penalties under the NFL's personal-conduct policy.

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