ESPN:Tight end Dwayne Carswell, arrested last Friday night in Atlanta, has been freed on $2,500 bond.
The nine-year veteran had been held in the Fulton County (Ga.) Jail, but was granted bail during his Saturday arraignment. Carswell is charged with simple battery, domestic violence and resisting a police officer after an alleged incident that involved a woman claiming to be his girlfriend.
In a court complaint, Nkeiruka Anyamone said that Carwsell picked her up by the neck outside a bar in the city's Buckhead entertainment district. Anyamone also claimed that she was bitten on the right arm during the incident and required medical treatment.
Judge Roy Roberts ordered Carswell to have no contact with Anyamone and the Broncos tight end faces a Tuesday preliminary hearing.
This marks at least the third time that Carswell, 31, has faced similar charges.
In 1998, Carswell was arrested in Denver when police there claimed that he grabbed his girlfriend by the neck. Carswell subsequently pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and he was sentenced to a year of probation. In 2002, he was accused of harassing and assaulting a Pueblo County, Colo., woman who claimed to be his former girlfriend. There were a pair of mistrials in that incident and Carswell agreed to restitution and community service.
Carswell has played his entire career with the Broncos, appearing in 121 games, and has 162 receptions for 1,453 yards and 11 touchdowns. For most of his tenure he has served as the backup to Shannon Sharpe. He did start 16 games each in 2000 and 2001, when Sharpe signed with Baltimore, and went to the Pro Bowl after the 2000 season.