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Pittsburgh Steelers Release Statement On Linebacker's Arrest

A Pittsburgh Steelers helmet sitting on the field.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01: A detailed view of a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers accomplished the rare feat of "losing" the bye week this weekend when reserve linebacker Anthony Chickillo was arrested. Chickillo was charged with simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief after an incident with his girlfriend at a Pennsylvania casino.

The alleged confrontation between Chickillo and the woman reportedly turned physical. Chickillo told authorities the woman hit him in the head and he pushed to the ground, while she claims he grabbed her arm and pushed her against the door of their hotel room, which led to her hitting him.

The 24-year-old linebacker was released on $10,000 bail.

Today, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert released a full statement on the matter, saying the franchise is working in conjunction with the NFL.

In regard to the recent incident involving Anthony Chickillo, we will continue to gather information, and we will fully cooperate with the NFL’s investigation. Any discipline involving the player will be determined after the gathering of further information from law enforcement and the League Office.

A sixth-round pick out of Miami in 2015, Chickillo has recorded 78 career tackles and seven sacks. He has played in three games this season.

The Steelers are 2-4 and tied for second place in the AFC North. The team will face the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football this week.