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Assault charges against Redskins safety Montae Nicholson dropped for insufficient evidence

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The assault charges against Redskins safety Montae Nicholson have been dropped due to insufficient evidence according to Kareem Copeland. This is great news for Nicholson, and for the Redskins.

Nicholson was arrested on December 18, 2018 for assault and battery and drunk in public following a night of drinking at World of Beer with his fiance. The two allegedly got into a fight with another couple and both of them were arrested.

Video of the fight was released by TMZ the following day. The Redskins placed Nicholson on their Reserve/Non-Football Injury List later that evening, ending Nicholson's disappointing 2018 season.

The question now that his legal troubles are apparently over is whether the league will discipline Nicholson for the crime of getting caught on video. He already served a two game suspension from the team last year.

Redskins management seemed hopeful, but cautious around draft time this year, and they did not address the safety position until after the draft ended. The Redskins cut D.J. Swearinger last year and signed Landon Collins to a big contract. If Nicholson is available Week 1, he would likely be the starter, unless some mystery player steps up in a huge way.

Doug Williams: "Montae Nicholson has some things he needs to clean up and we don’t know. It’s unfair to put him in anywhere right now until he can take care of himself.”

Jay Gruden: “We’re just waiting to see what happens. But, yeah. I think he should be ready.”