Former Cleveland Browns player indicted in NJ

FILE - In this photo released Feb. 9, 2011 by the Harrisonburg, Va., Police Department, Virginia starting linebacker Ausar Walcott appears. The Cleveland Browns have released Ausar Walcott, who is charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in northern New Jersey. Walcott turned himself in to Passaic police Tuesday, June 25, 2013, after he was identified as a suspect in an incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday. (AP Photo/Harrisonburg, Va., Police Dept., File)

November 1, 2013 9:38:57 AM PDT
A grand jury has indicted a former NFL player on a lesser charge stemming from an attack on a man outside a northern New Jersey nightclub.

Ausar Walcott is charged with aggravated assault instead of attempted murder, which carries a prison term up to 20 years if he's convicted. Aggravated assault is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old critically injured a 24-year-old New York City man with a single blow outside the Palace Gentleman's Club in Paterson on June 23. The man is undergoing rehabilitation for a brain injury.

Walcott was cut from the Cleveland Browns after the incident.

His lawyer tells The Record newspaper his client acted in self-defense and is pleased the attempted murder charge was dropped.