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Cardinals safety may be charged for allegedly punching woman

SCOTTSDALE — Arizona Cardinals safety Chris Clemons is facing possible assault charges for allegedly punching a woman outside a Scottsdale nightclub, police said Wednesday.

Scottsdale police are recommending city prosecutors pursue charges of assault with reckless injury and disorderly conduct against Clemons.

According to police documents, Clemons is accused of punching a woman in the face, nose and mouth outside a Scottsdale nightclub May 8.

Authorities say the victim fell, hitting her head.

She told officers that Clemons struck her while she was arguing with another woman.

That woman and Clemons had been detained on a separate matter earlier but released.

BTI Sports, which represents Clemons, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The incident was first reported by The Arizona Republic.

The 30-year-old Clemons, who is from Bradenton, Florida, was a fifth-round pick for the Miami Dolphins in 2009. He signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent in March 2014.

He signed with the Cardinals in December 2014. Clemons was placed on season-ending injured reserve in October for an injured hamstring. He was a special teams contributor.

Clemons re-signed with the team in a one-year contract in February.