JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad defensive back Earl Wolff is doing well after he was allegedly kidnapped and released by armed gunmen late last month in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the team said Saturday.
The news of the alleged kidnapping was first reported by the Fayetteville Observer.
Wolff has asked through the Jaguars that his privacy be respected, and he does not wish to speak about the incident.
According to the report by The Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville police received a call about 3 a.m. ET on Feb. 23 that a man was robbed and kidnapped. Citing police, the paper reported that Wolff had been visiting friends in the area and was walking to his car when he was forced into his car at gunpoint.
He was released shortly thereafter in an area south of Fayetteville. His car was found in a nearby city.
"We don't know how long he was kidnapped but it was a short period of time," Fayetteville police spokesman Antoine Kincade told the paper.
Fayetteville police arrested Bobby DeShawn Bailey and charged him with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy, larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of marijuana.
Wolff, who went to nearby Hoke County High School and played collegiately at NC State, was a fifth-round pick by Philadelphia in 2013. He played in 11 games for the Eagles in 2013 and seven in 2014.
The Eagles waived him on Aug. 1 and he later agreed to an injury settlement (knee). The Jaguars signed him to the practice squad on Dec. 22.