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Rams TE Tyler Higbee pleads guilty to assault charge

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Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to a 2016 assault charge which took place in a parking lot in Kentucky, according to multiple reports.

Higbee was arrested in April 2016 following an altercation with Nawaf Alsaleh outside of a Bowling Green bar. Police said the tight end punched the victim, who was diagnosed with a concussion. According to The Daily News, per the Associated Press, the 24-year-old was ordered to pay Alsaleh an undisclosed amount and perform 250 hours of community service.

The incident materialized a month before the 2016 NFL Draft. Higbee was one of the more under-the-radar tight ends, who played his college ball at Western Kentucky. The Rams selected him in the fourth round with pick No. 110.

As a rookie, he brought down 11 balls for 85 yards and a touchdown. In order to land on the NFL map, he closed out his career as a Hilltopper with 38 catches for 563 yards and eight touchdowns over nine games.

The Rams also selected another tight end in the most recent draft when they landed Gerald Everett out of South Alabama.

The Higbee news came on the same day that fellow teammate and wide receiver Mike Thomas was handed a four-game suspension after violating the league’s stance on performance-enhancing drugs.

For two players hoping to be more pivotal for the Rams offense — one that was putrid in 2016 — Friday was not a good day to be a member of the unit.

 

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