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Late Wednesday, the Arizona Cardinals deactivated running back Jonathan Dwyer after he had been arrested earlier in the day on charges of aggravated assault stemming from two alleged domestic violence incidents involving his wife and son.

Thursday, the 25-year-old running back was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list. While Dwyer is not injured, NFL Network reported he will be placed under close medical and psychological evaluation because of alleged suicide concerns raised by some close to him.

Dwyer spent Wednesday night in jail and appeared in court Thursday before being released.

Also on Thursday, details emerged about the alleged incidents.

The Arizona Republic reported that Dwyer broke his wife's nose when he head-butted her after she bit his lip to stop his unwanted sexual advances during a July domestic dispute.

The incident took place on July 21 and began around 8 a.m. with just the Dwyers and their 17-month-old son at their Phoenix-area apartment. Dwyer is accused of trying to kiss his wife and take her clothes off. Despite her attempts to reject his advances, he would not stop, and she bit his lip, according to police.

Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose, police said. Neighbors called Phoenix police and after they left, Dwyer's wife took her son and fled their apartment.

But she returned later in the day after Dwyer sent a text message saying he did not want to live anymore, according to the police report.

The next day, the argument continued and escalated again. Dwyer is accused of punching his wife in the face. He also allegedly picked up a shoe and threw it at their son, hitting the boy in the stomach.

According to court documents, neighbors heard Dwyer's wife recounting the incident that evening. Some friends helped her pack her belongings and she fled Arizona fearing for her safety.

She reported both incidents to the Phoenix police after she arrived in another state and felt safe, the Republic reported.

Dwyer was released on a $25,000 cash bond early Thursday. Stipulations of his release include wearing an electronic monitoring device, he is not allowed to have contact with his wife or son, cannot travel outside of Arizona and is not permitted to use any weapons, drugs or alcohol.

His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 24.

The Cardinals have the option of not paying Dwyer's salary, but multiple reports indicate he will receive his full salary.

Dwyer was arrested at the club's headquarters Wednesday, and the entire scenario left head coach Bruce Arians stunned.

"It was like the worst nightmare a coach can have," Arians said. "For me, personally, I was totally shocked because I've known John a long time. It was totally out of character from what I've known, so I was extremely shocked by the incident, but we have to move forward."


--The Arizona Cardinals are 2-0, but they have taken so many hits over the past two months, it's fair to wonder if they can sustain success.

The latest blow is running back Jonathan Dwyer being arrested for aggravated assault stemming from two alleged domestic violence incidents.