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Browns rookie charged in NJ beating is released

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have released a rookie who 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 an incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.

The linebacker was signed by the Browns last month. The team announced his release Wednesday.

Authorities tell The Record (http://bit.ly/19t3uSU ) newspaper the 23-year-old Hackensack, N.J., 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.

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