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Titans’ Justin Hunter jailed in Virginia Beach on charge of felony assault

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Justin Hunter has been an on-field disappointment to the Titans since being a second-round draft pick in 2013. Now an off-field incident poses a much bigger concern for the wide receiver, and it could result in the end of his career in Tennessee, if not the NFL.

The 24-year-old Hunter turned himself in to Virginia Beach authorities Monday, after being charged with felony assault, and is currently in jail with no bond. The Sheriff’s office there listed charges of “malicious intent, stabbing, wounding, cutting.”

The charges result from an incident late on the night of July 3. Virginia Beach officers arrived at the scene of a large bar brawl, and at least one person went to a hospital with injuries sustained in the fight.

Hunter, a native of Virginia Beach, was identified as a suspect in the incident, and he is set to be arraigned in court on Tuesday. The Titans released this statement:

“We are aware of the situation and are continuing to gather more facts.”

The 34th overall pick in the 2013 draft out of the University of Tennessee, the 6-4, 200-pound Hunter has yet to deliver on the promise he showed in college. In  26 games with the Titans, including eight starts, he has a total of 46 catches for 862 yards and seven touchdowns.

While his 18.5 yards-per-catch average is very good, Hunter has not delivered consistent production — just two 100-yard games, both in his rookie season — amid questions about his dedication to his craft. Earlier in the offseason, Titans Coach Ken Whisenhunt had this to say about the wide receiver (via The Tennessean):

“At some point, you either get it or you won’t be in this league anymore. That’s the natural order of the NFL.”

(H/T News Channel 5)