San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.
McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.
“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”
McDonald has been playing for San Francisco since he was drafted as a third-round pick in 2007.
The incident is the latest blow to what has been one of the NFL’s fiercest defenses. On Friday, linebacker Aldon Smith received a nine-game suspension for what the league called violations of its substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.
Raiders claim Mayowa
The Oakland Raiders have claimed defensive end Benson Mayowa off waivers from the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Oakland waived linebacker Kaelin Burnett with a knee injury Sunday to make room on the 53-man roster for Mayowa.
Mayowa originally joined the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Idaho in May 2013. He played in the first two games for Seattle last season, collecting two tackles. He was inactive for the remaining 14 regular-season and three postseason contests.
Mayowa had three solo tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage, for the Seahawks against the Raiders in the final exhibition game last Thursday.
Tuel on practice squad
The Buffalo Bills have added quarterback Jeff Tuel to their practice squad.
Tuel was cut by Buffalo on Saturday before rejoining the Bills on Sunday.
Tuel was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State in 2013 and played in two games for the Bills last season, making one start.
Texans trade for Mallett
The Houston Texans acquired quarterback Ryan Mallett in a trade and released Case Keenum, part of a flurry of moves by the team.
Mallett was Tom Brady’s backup the past three seasons, but was passed up in training camp this year by second-round draft pick Jimmy Garoppolo.
Browns cut Grossman
Rex Grossman lost his tutoring gig with the Browns.
The veteran quarterback was released by Cleveland, leaving starter Brian Hoyer and rookie backup Johnny Manziel as the only QBs on the roster.
The 33-year-old Grossman played in Cleveland’s final exhibition on Thursday night against Chicago, completing 4 of 8 passes for 80 yards.
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