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Keelan Johnson Arrested: Philadelphia Eagles safety charged with assaulting a police officer

Philadelphia Eagles safety Keelan Johnson has reportedly been arrested.

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from Arizona news station KTAR (which also happened to report Donovan McNabb's arrest), Philadelphia Eagles safety Keelan Johnson has been arrested. Johnson was reportedly with an acquaintance that was involved in a bar fight. More details via KTAR:

Court documents said Keelan Johnson was standing in front of Zuma Grill just after 2 a.m. after an acquaintance was involved in a bar fight. Johnson was allegedly shouting over officers, who were detaining the acquaintance.

Johnson was told to step back multiple times and was given a "directional contact" to the chest. Johnson then allegedly shoved an officer. A brief scuffle followed, in which Johnson refused to lower his arms for arrest.

Johnson waived his Miranda rights and informed police he shoved the officer because he felt the officer didn't have a right to order him around and physically attempt to move him.

Johnson appeared to be intoxicated at the time. He was charged with assaulting a police officer, passively resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The Eagles signed Johnson, 24, to their practice squad in early September of 2013. He spent most of the season on the practice squad until he was promoted to the active roster later in the season.

Data shows that the Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the NFL in arrests since 2000. It remains to be seen how the Eagles will handle Johnson's situation. It's certainly not the kind of news the team wants to be hearing with only four days away from the start of 2014 training camp.

[Update] - Eagles release team statement:

"We are disappointed to learn of the arrest of Keelan Johnson this past weekend in Arizona. We are still trying to learn all of the facts that led to his arrest. At this point, it's a pending legal matter and therefore, we will have no further comment."

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