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Free-agent RB Chris Johnson faces battery charge

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Former Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) heads to the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Cardinals-Baltimore Ravens game on October 26, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. File photo by Art Foxall/UPI
Former Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) heads to the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Cardinals-Baltimore Ravens game on October 26, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. File photo by Art Foxall/UPI | License Photo

Former 2,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson faces a misdemeanor battery charge in Florida stemming from an incident in April.

Johnson pleaded not guilty to the charge in a Tampa, Fla., court on Thursday, according to Tampa television station WFTS.

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Johnson is accused of assaulting a valet at The Lodge, a restaurant on South Howard Avenue in Tampa's Hyde Park section.

The alleged victim suffered a bloody nose and a cut lip. Video of the incident was captured on a parking-lot surveillance camera. The owner of the restaurant identified Johnson, and he was picked out of a police lineup.

Johnson, a free agent, rushed for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Tennessee Titans in 2009. He played in four games for the Arizona Cardinals last season.

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