The preliminary hearing for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter on a felony assault charge in connection with a July incident in Virginia has been moved to Sept. 1.
Per the Tennesseean, the third-year wide receiver was originally supposed to be appear in court Sept. 3, but the Commonwealth's Attorney's said office Hunter's attorneys requested the date be moved. The Titans host their fourth and final preseason game that day against the Minnesota Vikings.
Hunter was arrested and charged with malicious wounding in connection with a July 3 fight in which prosecutors allege the receiver punched a man repeatedly in the face, with the alleged victim suffering a broken jaw as a result.
If convicted, Hunter could face a prison term of five to 20 years and up to a $100,000 fine. Hunter's attorney said earlier in August his client is innocent of the charges against him and that Hunter wasn't the aggressor in the incident.
The 24-year-old Hunter has earned praise from head coach Ken Whisenhunt for his performance thus far in training camp.
"He's been trending up," Whisenhunt said, per the Tennessean. "The big thing is that he's got to stay consistent. That's what we've got to see, and we need to see that in games. I'm proud of Justin for how he's taken this challenge, so it's good to see him have some consistency."
(h/t The Tennessean)
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