Prosecution Dropped Assault Case Against Titans' Rashad Weaver

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The simple assault charge that hovered over Rashad Weaver from an incident just before the Titans drafted him in 2021 was concluded in late June, when the Allegheny Country District attorney’s office determined it was unwilling to move ahead with its prosecution and judge Anthony M. Mariani signed off.

At one point jury instructions were scheduled for this week.

An NFL official did not quickly reply to an inquiry but it seems likely Weaver is also now clear of any league discipline. [Unlocked]

The charge stemmed from an April 18, 2021 incident outside the Foxtail bar in Pittsburgh during which the alleged victim, Demetria Navjelis, told police Weaver “grabbed her by the throat and pushed her to the ground, where she ultimately hit her head.”

The Titans drafted Weaver in the fourth round 13 days later without knowledge of the allegation.

Simple assault is a second-degree misdemeanor. If Weaver has been found guilty he faced a maximum sentence of not more than two years but the likeliest scenario was probation.

He broke his right fibula on Sept. 26, 2021 win over the Colts, just the Titans' third game of his rookie season.

He rebounded in his second year when he was called on more than the team anticipated because Harold Landry suffered a serious knee injury before the season started. Weaver worked as a piece of the team's defensive front in 2022, recording 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Heading into 2023, he is in line to work as the team’s third edge rusher behind Landry and free-agent addition Arden Key.

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