*Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been charged with misdemeanor battery for an incident at a restaurant in St. Augustine, Fla., on Sunday, according to the St. Augustine Police Department.
However, Jones-Drew’s agent, Adisa Bakari, told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, that St. Augustine police are about to issue a new release saying there have been no charges filed against the running back and the matter is under investigation. At press time, the police had yet to release such a statement.
“Maurice was there and was not involved. As soon as an altercation broke out, Maurice exited the premises. He was not questioned by police immediately after nor later that day,” Bakari said.
Police allege in their report that Jones-Drew struck a security guard at the Conch House Restaurant and Marina “on the left side of his head, knocking him out,” according to the Florida Times-Union. The incident occurred about 8 p.m. ET, according to police.
A friend of Jones-Drew was told to stop touching a woman and put his hands on the security guard, who then put the man in a headlock before Jones-Drew struck the guard with a closed fist to the cheek, according to the police report, a copy of which was also obtained by NFL.com.
The Jaguars said in a statement they were “aware of the situation regarding Maurice Jones-Drew and are in the process of gathering more information. Due to this being a legal matter, we’ll have no further comment at this time.”
Jones-Drew, 28, is trying to return from a Lisfranc injury in his right foot that cost him 10 games last season and ultimately required surgery. The NFL’s leading rusher in 2011 when he rushed for 1,606 yards, he gained just 414 yards and one touchdown last season before suffering a season-ending foot injury on Oct. 21.