HARTFORD, Conn. -- Former Eagle Hugh Douglas has pleaded no contest and avoided jail in a Connecticut case alleging he assaulted his girlfriend at a Hartford hotel.
The former defensive end for the New York Jets, Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars pleaded no contest Monday in Hartford Superior Court to a misdemeanor breach of peace charge.
He received a suspended sentence of six months in prison. He had been charged with felony assault and strangulation.
Police allege the 42-year-old Douglas grabbed his girlfriend by the neck and slammed her against the hotel walls last September.
A defense lawyer said the girlfriend changed her story. A prosecutor said it was a difficult case because it came down to Douglas' word against his girlfriend's.
Douglas, who lives in Bryn Mawr, Pa., played in the NFL from 1995 to 2004.
The Vikings and former head coach Brad Childress are denying allegations that they ran a bounty system in 2008-09 that was similar to the one that the Saints ran.
“It was part of the culture. I had coaches start a pot and all the veterans put in an extra $100, $200, and if you hurt someone special, you get the money,” former offensive lineman Artis Hicks told Deadspin.
Childress, the former Eagles assistant and current co-offensive coordinator of the Chiefs, told ESPN, "I had a great opportunity to coach a lot of great people there, including Artis Hicks, at the Minnesota Vikings. I have too much respect for the Wilf family [and] professional football to have anything to do with a bounty system. I'm going to let it stand at that.’'
Current and former Vikings’ players are also denying any knowledge of the bounty system. Defensive end Brian Robinson, who has been on the team since 2007, says he hasn’t heard of any bounty system.
The Vikings are familiar with the bounty system, since the Saints allegedly were targeting Brett Farve in the 2010 NFC Championship Game. It is important to note that Childress was the one who informed the NFL about the bounty on Farve after hearing it from a player.
For the second straight day this week, the Eagles practiced without starting defensive tackle Bennie Logan.
Logan, who has been dealing with a groin strain he suffered against Washington, hasn't practiced since that game and didn't play against the Vikings.
With just one more day left to practice this week before the game in Dallas on Sunday night, it seems increasingly likely that Beau Allen will get his second straight start in Logan's place.
In addition to Logan, linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (hamstring) also missed practice for the second straight day on Thurday. He and Logan are considered to be "week to week."
After being limited on Wednesday, Mychal Kendricks (ribs) and Jordan Matthews (knee) were both full participants in Thursday's practice. So was Jason Peters (bicep).
The only limited participant on Thursday was defensive tackle Taylor Hart (ankle), whom the Eagles just re-claimed this week from San Francisco.