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PATERSON, N.J. (AP) A grand jury has indicted a former NFL player on a lesser charge stemming from an attack on a man outside a northern New Jersey nightclub.

Ausar Walcott is charged with aggravated assault instead of attempted murder, which carries a prison term up to 20 years if he's convicted. Aggravated assault is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old critically injured a 24-year-old New York City man with a single blow outside the Palace Gentleman's Club in Paterson on June 23. The man is undergoing rehabilitation for a brain injury.

Walcott was cut from the Cleveland Browns after the incident.

His lawyer tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1crm6R1 ) newspaper his client acted in self-defense and is pleased the attempted murder charge was dropped.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com