Dwyer appears in court for hearing in assault case

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is due back in court in January after being charged with assaulting his wife last summer.

Dwyer appeared in court for a hearing Wednesday. His attorney declined to comment.

Dwyer has pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors.

Investigators say Dwyer broke his wife's nose with a head-butt during a July 21 argument then punched her the next day.

He was arrested in September as the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell came under fire amid a series of off-the-field encounters involving some marquee players, including Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.

The day after his arrest, the Cardinals placed Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list, meaning he can't play for Arizona again this season.

The next hearing is set for Jan. 15.

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