Droughns released on bail on domestic assault charges

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Cleveland Browns running back Reuben
Droughns was released on $2,500 bail Thursday after he was arrested
in a domestic violence case.

Droughns, 27, who played for the Denver Broncos until a 2005
trade, faces charges of third-degree assault and harassment. His
attorney, Harvey Steinberg, did not immediately return a call.

Droughns surrendered on Wednesday and spent the night in jail
before appearing in Arapahoe County Court Thursday, district
attorney's spokeswoman Kathleen Walsh said.

Walsh said the judge will allow him to leave the state if he has
permission from whoever posts his bond.

The accuser's name was not released.

Conviction on the assault charge would carry a penalty of six to
18 months in jail and conviction on the harassment charge would
carry a penalty of up to six months in jail, Walsh said. Both
charges are misdemeanors.

Sheriff's Capt. Mark Fisher said the charges stemmed from a May
12 incident in this south Denver suburb. No details of the incident
were released.

Browns officials issued a statement saying they were aware of
the case and were taking it seriously but had no other comment.

Droughns' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not immediately return a

Droughns, who signed a three-year contract extension with the
Browns this year, rushed for 1,232 yards last season on 309
carries, scoring two touchdowns.

Earlier this month, an Ohio jury decided Droughns was not
impaired by alcohol when an Ohio State Patrol trooper pulled him
over Nov. 1. A breath test showed Droughns had an alcohol level of
0.08, the state's legal limit.

Droughns was charged with failing the Breathalyzer test, driving
under the influence and traveling 50 mph in a 35-mph zone.

Droughns and his wife, Kellie, disputed the trooper's testimony
that Droughns was weaving, and Droughns said he was unfamiliar with
the speed limit in the area. Droughns said he drank three cocktails
at a Halloween party that night.