Ex-Texans WR Mathis has assault charges dropped

ANGLETON, Texas -- Assault charges have been dropped against
former Houston Texans receiver Jerome Mathis.

The 24-year-old player was charged last month with assaulting
his pregnant 26-year-old common-law wife.

Erica Smith told Brazoria County deputies that Mathis had pushed
her onto a bed and started choking her. But Brazoria County
District Attorney Jeri Yenne said Smith later asked officials to
drop the charges. The charges were dropped Thursday, and Yenne says
Smith has since moved to another state.

Mathis spent the last season on the injured list. The Texans
haven't renewed his contract, which makes him an unrestricted free