Ashburn, Va Dana Stubblefield of the Washington Redskins faces a hearing Oct. 4 on a charge that he assaulted his wife.
The defensive lineman from Kansas University is to appear in Fairfax County domestic court. If there is a trial, it would take place several weeks later. If convicted of domestic assault and battery, Stubblefield could face a maximum penalty of a year in jail or a $2,500 fine or both.
He remains eligible to play Sunday against the New York Giants, and the Redskins plan no disciplinary action. That could change if he is convicted. The 315-pound player was arrested at the couples' home in Great Falls on Wednesday night after an argument escalated, police said.
Stubblefield insists he did not hit his wife, who showed no signs of physical injury and declined medical treatment.