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Chiefs' RB facing charges after altercation at K.C. bar

Also, Washington QB happy to be back in role as starter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Larry Johnson turned himself in to police Monday night after an altercation he had with his girlfriend early Saturday at a bar, the latest in a series of troubles with the law for members of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Police Department spokesman Darin Snapp said the Chiefs running back was cited for domestic abuse assault. Johnson posted bond and was released, with a court date set for Sept. 20 on the municipal charge.

Snapp said the girlfriend came into the bar and saw Johnson with a different woman. The 25-year-old girlfriend, of Overland Park, Kan., saw Johnson and walked the other way, Snapp said, but Johnson text messaged her on her phone and asked her to meet him downstairs.

The running back then grabbed the woman by the arm and pulled her to the front door, Snapp said, where Johnson asked the manager to make her leave. The manager said he couldn't do that.

Snapp said Johnson became irate after his girlfriend confronted his date. The running back grabbed the victim by the shoulders and shoved her, causing her to fall onto the floor, the police report said.

The girlfriend told The Kansas City Star, in a story on its Web site, that the police report was wrong and denied that she was pushed or dragged to the door. Snapp said the woman told police she didn't want Johnson arrested, but instead just wanted the incident documented.

Friends convinced the woman the next day to file a police report after seeing bruises on her arms, Snapp said.

The accusations come less than two years after Johnson entered a diversion program for allegedly brandishing a gun during an argument with an ex-girlfriend at his home. He was charged in December 2003 with aggravated assault, a felony, and misdemeanor domestic battery.

Under terms of the diversion Johnson was required to complete 120 hours of community service, attend an anger management course and stay out of trouble for two years.

BRUNELL HAPPY TO BE BACK: For a while, Mark Brunell has been telling anyone who would listen that he can still play, that last year's awful season wasn't a true reflection of his skills. Now he gets a chance to prove it.

The beneficiary of one of the quickest hooks imaginable was full of smiles Tuesday as he relaxed at Redskins Park with his wife and children. It was supposed to be a day off, but the new starting quarterback arrived in the morning to study film and later welcomed children from a local hospital for a tour around the building.

The real work starts today, when Brunell gets a first look at the game plan for the Washington Redskins' Monday night matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

"I am psyched," Brunell said. "I'm looking forward to it. It's a great opportunity to get back in there. It's obviously a big challenge, playing the Cowboys at their place Monday night."

Nowhere to be seen was Patrick Ramsey, who planned to come by and get an early start on the week if he were still the starter. Ramsey's hold on the job lasted only three series in Sunday's 9-7 victory over the Chicago Bears. A minor neck injury sidelined him in the second quarter, but he was ready to re-enter the game at halftime — only to be told Brunell would stay in.

On Monday, coach Joe Gibbs told Ramsey that Brunell is now the starter.

BUCS PLAYER ARRESTED: Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Torrie Cox was jailed early Tuesday after being charged with driving under the influence, his second drunken driving arrest in nine months.

Cox was arrested by Tampa police at 3:19 a.m. after he refused a blood alcohol test. The third-year player also was arrested on a DUI charge last Dec. 4, and he was held out of a game against Atlanta the following day. It could not immediately be determined if that case is still pending.

Cox is a reserve cornerback and one of the team's primary kick returners.

BATCH BACK: Quarterback Charlie Batch returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday after being released just before Sunday's game against Tennessee. To make room for Batch on their 53-man roster, the Steelers released rookie free agent wide receiver Noah Washington from Tiffin University.