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Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson released after arrest

Posted by: Chris Miller under Vikings, Leslie Frazier, Vikings off the field, Leslie Frazier Updated: November 25, 2013 - 12:46 PM

Cornerback A.J. Jefferson was released by the Vikings this morning.

He was jailed this morning at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility after being arrested on a domestic assault complaint in Eden Prairie.

The Eden Prairie police department released this statement:

At approximately 4:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, a 23-year-old female reported to Eden Prairie Police that she was a victim of domestic assault.

Police arrested Anthony Ray Jefferson, 25, at his residence in Eden Prairie and he is now being held in the Hennepin County Jail on probable cause for domestic assault.

The case is currently under investigation and no further details are available at this time.

Jefferson was in his fourth NFL season.  He suffered a neck injury in yesterday's 26-26 tie at Green Bay.

The team announced Jefferson's release in a news release. Coach Leslie Frazier said "I can't really comment on his release or what happens from now on, but we did release him." Frazier also declined to comment when asked followup questions; the Vikings traditionally wait for the legal process to play out before cutting players.

It was the second arrest this month of a Vikings player. Receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested for drunken driving on Nov. 9. Simpson's case is still be kicked around by the NFL office, as he was suspended at the start of last season after a felony drug arrest.

Jefferson was acquired from Arizona last season and played in 15 games, starting seven.  He struggled for most of this season with injuries and ineffective play.

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