AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones is no longer facing felony assault charges, according to officials from the Travis County District Attorney’s office.
Jones, who was originally charged with aggravated assault in for hitting Texas tennis player Joey Swaysland, has had his charges reduced to a misdemeanor.
Travis County assistant district attorney Gary Cobb told the Austin American-Statesman his office determined the charge didn’t meet the legal definition of inflicting “serious bodily injury.”
“We looked at it and don’t believe it fits the definition of serious bodily injury,” Cobb said. “There is bodily injury, but it doesn’t meet the legal definition [for a felony]."
According to the police report on the Feb. 22 incident: "The suspect decided to punch the victim one time with a closed fist to the victim's face on his right side."
Jones, who is considered a possible starter in 2013, has been suspended from the team since March 13. The sophomore had two catches for 35 yards in 10 games as a freshman.
The adjudication of his case remains somewhat nebulous because the Travis County attorney’s office, which handled misdemeanor cases, has not yet received the file, according to officials.
The length of his suspension from the team is also open-ended. At the time of his suspension Texas coach Mack Brown said, “We have talked with Cayleb and his family, and he has been suspended from all team activities pending the completion of the legal process. Any further action will be handled at the conclusion of the legal process.”