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Tennessee DL Darel Middleton Arrested For Alleged Domestic Assault

A closeup of a Tennessee Volunteers football helmet.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01: A detailed view of a helmet worn by the Tennessee Volunteers before their game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tennessee's football program received troubling news on Saturday morning, as defensive lineman Darel Middleton has been arrested on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and public intoxication.

Middleton allegedly injured his girlfriend after fighting with another male. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, he reportedly shoved his girlfriend to the ground twice an alley on Cumberland Avenue.

When the police found Middleton at his apartment he reportedly smelled of alcohol. The police report says that Middleton's girlfriend was "crying and appeared to be in fear." She had a scrape on her knee due to the fall she took in the alley.

All the details aren't out at this time. However, the current report seems to suggest that alcohol may have played a role in this situation. After all, one of the two charges that Middleton received is for public intoxication.

Middleton had 28 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble this past season with the Volunteers. He's entering his senior year in Knoxville, but his status for next season could be in jeopardy.

The Volunteers released a statement shortly after the news broke about Middleton's arrest, saying "We are aware of the incident and are gathering information."

Middleton will receive a pre-trial release later this afternoon.