Six-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson has been formally charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery. The Broward State Attorney’s Office filed the charge Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Johnson faces up to a year in county jail. He was arrested last month after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home. He was later freed on $2,500 bond. The confrontation came barely a month after Johnson married Evelyn Lozada. The 34-year-old Johnson had been battling for a spot on the Miami Dolphins after a disappointing season with the Patriots in 2011. The Dolphins released Johnson a day after his arrest.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday and to file a written plea of not guilty.
Meeting ASAP NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wants to meet with the players whose bounty suspensions were temporarily lifted ‘‘as soon as possible.’’ An appeals panel last week overturned the suspensions of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (2012 season) and defensive end Will Smith (four games) for their roles in the team’s bounty program from 2009-11. Browns linebacker Scott Fujita got three games and DE Anthony Hargrove, now a free agent, got eight.
Fujita, who was barred from the Browns’ facility, forcing him to work out at nearby Baldwin Wallace University, returned to practice with the team. But while the ruling went in Fujita’s favor, it came too late for him to show coach Pat Shurmur he was fully recovered from a leg injury that kept him out of Cleveland’s last three preseason games . . . Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who suffered what the team called a ‘‘mild concussion’’ in Sunday’s victory over Buffalo, was cleared to resume physical activity — running and lifting weights — but he’s still not allowed to participate in contact drills . . . Kenny Britt is on the field once again for the Titans, back both from a torn right ACL and three different knee surgeries and a one-game suspension by the NFL . . . Toby Lujan, a friend of former wide receiver Sam Hurd, has formally pleaded guilty to a cocaine possession charge in connection with allegations that Hurd tried to start a drug ring.