The Jets wide receiver missed practice to attend the hearing, which stemmed from an incident outside a Cleveland nightclub around 2:30 a.m. Oct. 5, two days before the Browns traded him to the Jets. Edwards punched promoter Edward Givens, a friend of Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, in the face. He initially pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault in November.
Prosecutors dropped an assault charge in exchange for the guilty plea.
Earley handed Edwards a suspended 180-day jail sentence, fined him $1,000, and also ordered him to stay committed to his million-dollar scholarship program for Cleveland-area youth, keeping him active in the community.
Edwards, who won't have to report to a probation officer, could face disciplinary action from the league, which is looking into the incident. A suspension during the postseason seems highly unlikely, though.
"We are reviewing it under the personal conduct policy," an NFL spokesman said.
Edwards was expected to arrive back from Cleveland sometime Tuesday afternoon. He was supposed to receive the game plan, which the team will start implementing in today's practice, so he can begin preparing for Sunday's AFC divisional game with the Chargers.
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