Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry injured in auto accident

By Mark Maske
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry suffered injuries described as life-threatening when he fell from the back of a truck during what police called a domestic situation Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.

Henry has been on the season-ending injured reserve list since Nov. 9 because of a dislocated forearm and reportedly was in Charlotte because his fiancée's parents live there.

The Bengals called Henry's injuries "very serious" but did not provide further details.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Henry suffered life-threatening injuries after jumping into the back of a pickup truck during a domestic incident with his fiancée.

Police found Henry in the road after receiving a call just before noon, the Observer reported. Paramedics took Henry to a nearby hospital, according to the newspaper.

Henry and his fiancée reportedly were staying at her parents' home and planning their wedding. A woman who identified herself as the mother of Henry's fiancée told the Observer that her daughter was by Henry's hospital bedside.

According to the Observer, police said that Henry was involved in a "domestic situation" with his fiancée. She drove the truck away from the home. Henry jumped into the back of the truck while it was moving, the Observer reported, and later "came out" of the back of the truck, according to police.

Henry was found by police about half a mile from the house where he and his fiancée were staying, the Observer reported.

Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan told the Associated Press: "We are aware he was in an accident and that his injuries are very serious. We are obviously staying in touch with the situation and are ready to offer whatever assistance we can."

Henry, 26, has played five seasons for the Bengals and has 119 catches in 55 games. He had 12 catches in eight games this season.

The Bengals re-signed Henry to a two-year contract in August 2008 even though he'd been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of last season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Coach Marvin Lewis said at the time that Bengals owner Mike Brown had made the decision to give Henry another chance to play for the team. The Bengals had released Henry in April 2008 after he was arrested and charged with assault. Prosecutors later dropped that charge. Henry was alleged to have hit an 18-year-old man in the face and to have broken the man's car window with a beer bottle in an incident in Cincinnati.

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