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Cowboys' Crawford faces charge in bar incident

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford was charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful assembly stemming from an incident in March at a bar in Panama City Beach, Florida.

According to online records, Crawford was charged via summons on March 27 and pleaded not guilty on April 12.

The incident took place on March 15, according to a complaint affidavit. TMZ published video that shows Crawford fighting with members of the security staff at Coyote Ugly Saloon.

According to the affidavit, there was a fight between patrons and bar security that spilled out on to the street. The affidavit alleges that Crawford "charged toward" an officer who was attempting to restrain a member of his party "and pushes in between the officer and the defendant's party," hindering the officer "from detaining this individual."

A pretrial conference is scheduled for June 13 in the case.

The Cowboys had no comment when contacted by ESPN.

According to the NFL's personal conduct policy, a player can be subject to a fine or suspension whether convicted or not, if credible evidence establishes a player engaged in prohibited conduct.

Crawford, 29, started 15 games last season and finished with a career-best 5.5 sacks.

ESPN's Dan Graziano and Todd Archer contributed to this report.