Cleveland Browns rookie charged with attempted murder in NJ

In this photo released by the Harrisonburg, Va., Police Department, Virginia starting linebacker Ausar Walcott appears. Harrisonburg police say football players Mike Price, Devin Wallace and Walcott assaulted three men early Jan. 30, 2011, and two required hospital treatment. (AP Photo/Harrisonburg, Va., Police Dept.)

June 26, 2013 6:03:30 AM PDT
A Cleveland Browns rookie is charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in northern New Jersey.

Ausar Walcott turned himself in to Passaic police Tuesday after he was identified as a suspect in the incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities tell The Record newspaper the 23-year-old Hackensack native and former University of Virginia player punched 24-year-old Derrick Jones in the head just after The Palace Gentlemen's Club closed. Police say Jones, who is from New York City, is in critical condition.

Walcott is held on $500,000 bail. It's not clear if he has a defense lawyer.

The linebacker was signed by the Browns last month. In a statement, the team says it is "aware of the situation."