Hugh Douglas denies assault charge

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hartford police say former pro football player Hugh Douglas has denied charges that he assaulted his girlfriend and told investigators that marks on the woman's neck were from rough sex.

The 42-year-old former defensive end with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars was charged with strangulation and assault.

A police report says Douglas' girlfriend alleged he grabbed her throat in a hallway of a Hartford hotel early Sunday and slammed her into the walls while carrying her to their room.

Douglas, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., posted $50,000 bail and is due in court Oct. 21.

A man who answered a phone number for Douglas hung up without commenting Wednesday. It's not clear if Douglas has a lawyer.

The former ESPN analyst played in the NFL from 1995 to 2004.