Josh Morgan arrested for assault

Updated: April 28, 2014, 7:09 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Bears wide receiver Josh Morgan was arrested in downtown Washington D.C., at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday and charged with one count of misdemeanor simple assault, a spokesperson for the D.C. Metropolitan Department confirmed to ESPN on Monday.

Morgan's arrest occurred at Cities Restaurant and Lounge which is located at 919 19th street, according to the police report.

WRC-TV in Washington reported that Morgan allegedly punched a valet driver in the face.

Morgan denied the allegations during an interview with the television station.

"I didn't touch him," Morgan said. "I didn't do anything. This is crazy. I'm not worried about nothing.

"I have always been a stand-up guy in the community. Nothing like this has ever happened to me."

The Bears released the following statement: "We are aware of Josh Morgan's presence at a weekend incident in Washington, D.C. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the event."

Morgan, 28, signed a one-year deal with the Bears on April 21. He finished last season with the Washington Redskins, catching 20 passes for a career-low 214 yards. Morgan was also among Washington's game day inactives twice last season, after a strong campaign in 2012 in which he led the Redskins with 48 receptions for 510 yards.

It was expected that perhaps a fresh start in Chicago can invigorate Morgan's career as he reportedly clashed in Washington with former Redskins coaches Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan.

Morgan (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) spent the first four years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers (2008-11) and later joined the Redskins (2012-13), catching a career-high 52 passes during his second season with the 49ers for 527 yards and three touchdowns.

In Chicago, Morgan is expected to compete for a spot as the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver as well as for a role as a return man on special teams. He'll face competition from Domenik Hixon, Eric Weems, and Chris Williams for roles on special teams and one of the reserve receiver spots if he doesn't beat out rising second-year man Marquess Wilson for the No. 3 receiver position.

Information from ESPN.com Bears reporter Michael C. Wright contributed to this report.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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