Redskins safety Montae Nicholson was arrested early Tuesday morning and did not practice with the team Wednesday afternoon. Less than an hour later Jay Gruden ruled Nicholson out for Saturday's Week 16 game in Tennessee.
"We're going to obviously go through and get all the details and figure out what to do next," Gruden said following practice. "He won’t play this week."
But two hours after ruling him out for Week 16, the team announced Nicholson was moved to the reserve/Non-Football Injury list, ruling him out for Week 17 and thus ending his 2018 season.
It was 24 hours followings the initial news of the arrest when TMZ posted a video of the altercation that landed Nicholson in Loudon County, Va., jail on charges of assault and battery and public intoxication and the optics aren't great. The video begins mid-altercation and allegedly shows Nicholson punching another man while another person is seen trying to hold back the Redskins player.
Asked about the video, Gruden said he had not seen it but all things would be taken into consideration when the team makes a decision on possible punishment for their second-year safety.
"We will take a look at all that stuff and talk to Montae," the coach said.
It's been a tough season for Nicholson, as he watched Ha Ha Clinton-Dix take over his starting safety spot after a midseason trade. While he's been getting dwindling work on special teams, Nicholson hasn't had a defensive snap since Week 10.
The vibe around players in the Redskins locker room was that Nicholson was defending himself in the altercation. He was released from jail on Tuesday on a $2,500 bond, and Nicholson was not available for comment on Wednesday.
As a rookie, Nicholson showed tremendous promise last season. In six starts he logged an interception and 24 tackles though his year ended on the injured reserve. This past offseason, Gruden talked about Nicholson as one of the most important pieces of the Redskins defense, but even before the Clinton-Dix acquisition, Nicholson was not playing at the same level he displayed in 2017.
NBC Sports Washington's Troy Machir contributed to this story.
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