The lawyer for Hugh Douglas says the former NFL defensive end will plead no contest to a misdemeanor to resolve a Connecticut case that accused him of assaulting his girlfriend at a Hartford hotel.

The attorney, Corey Brinson, told The Associated Press on Friday that he expects Douglas to plead to breach of peace and avoid a jail sentence Monday in Hartford.

The 42-year-old Douglas, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., played for the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995 to 2004.

Douglas and a state prosecutor didn't immediately return messages Friday.

Douglas was charged with felony assault and strangulation in September, when Hartford police say he assaulted his girlfriend at the Hartford Downtown Marriott. Police say Douglas told them the woman's neck injury was from rough sex.