(670 The Score) Veteran Bears defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. remains active and continues to work with the team amid an NFL investigation into his actions after he was charged with assault stemming from an incident at a Charlotte hotel in October.
The Bears have been aware of the misdemeanor charges against Edwards since they were filed on Oct. 20 in Mecklenburg County, N.C. The alleged incident took place late on Oct. 17 before police were called in the early hours of Oct. 18, the day of the Bears' 23-16 win against the Panthers.
A woman claims the 26-year-old Edwards became violent after she turned down his sexual advances, according to a report from TMZ on Monday that brought the charges to light. Edwards smacked the woman in the eye and "dragged her to the door of the hotel room," TMZ reported.
Edwards' agent Peter Schaffer denied the allegations of violence to TMZ. Edwards is listed in the police report as a victim as well, telling officers that the woman was the aggressor, TMZ reported.
The Bears issued a statement saying they're aware of the incident. Coach Matt Nagy declined comment on Edwards, deferring to the legal process and NFL investigation.
The Bears dealt "internally" with Edwards for breaking the team's COVID-19 protocols, Nagy said. Players aren't supposed to have interactions with anyone outside the team's traveling party.
Edwards has played in 12 games this season, recording four sacks. He was signed by Chicago in early September.
Bears rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson missed practice Wednesday with a right shoulder injury, which he suffered in the win against the Texans on Sunday. It's the same shoulder that he had surgically repaired this past offseason. Johnson is considered day-to-day, Nagy said. Nickel cornerback Buster Skrine remains in the concussion protocol. Safety Deon Bush was sidelined due to a foot injury.
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