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NFL withdraws combine invite for former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson amid rape investigation
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NFL withdraws combine invite for former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson amid rape investigation
Friday February 13th, 2015

The NFL has withdrawn its scouting combine invitation to former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Johnson was indicted in a rape investigation this week, along with suspended Tennessee cornerback Michael Williams. Both were named as suspects last November following two incidences of rape and sexual assault allegedly committed at Johnson's off-campus apartment. Johnson graduated from the university in December, according to The Tennessean.

A Knox County grand jury will now review evidence before recommending whether charges should be filed.

Johnson's attorney, W. Thomas Dillard, defended his client to The Tennessean on Tuesday.

"A.J. Johnson has been cooperative with law enforcement. We expect a favorable outcome," Dillard said.

Johnson, a 6'2", 245-pound linebacker, ended his Tennessee career with 425 tackles, three sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles.

The NFL Scouting Combine will be held next week, with on-field workouts running Feb. 20-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Mike Fiammetta

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