Sean Smith is facing up to seven years in prison if convicted of felony assault charges.
The 30-year-old Raiders cornerback was arrested Thursday and charged with two felonies stemming from a July 4 incident involving his sister’s boyfriend.
The Giants issued a statement Saturday saying they had been informed of the situation.
“We were made aware of the Michael Bowie situation Saturday afternoon,” the statement read. “We immediately notified NFL security. Michael will not make the trip for our game in Cleveland as we gather more information on this issue.”
According to the Tulsa World, police say Bowie grabbed his girlfriend by the neck during an argument and threw her to the ground. He then allegedly broke two TVs and caused other property damage.
Bowie, who played collegiately at Oklahoma State and Northeastern State, was a seventh-round pick by the Seahawks in 2013. He hasn’t played in an NFL game since that season, when he started eight games as a rookie. The 6-5, 320-pound tackle signed with the Giants in January. He’s listed as the backup to left tackle Ereck Flowers on the team’s depth chart.
Austin had never had more than 473 receiving yards in a given year when the Rams decided to make him one of the highest paid receivers in the NFL. Essentially mimicking the mistake the Seahawks made with Percy Harvin a few years ago, the Rams overpriced Austin’s ability to run and return. After signing the big deal, Austin had just 668 yards from scrimmage and is now the third best receiver on the team despite being the highest paid.