If tackle Taylor Lewan was waiting to find out whether he’d be standing trial on charges stemming from an alleged assault on Ohio State fans before signing his rookie deal with the Titans, the former Michigan Wolverine is free to go ahead and put pen to paper.
Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines ruled in Ann Arbor on Thursday that Lewan will stand trial on aggravated assault and assault and battery charges on Thursday, October 28. Jury selection is scheduled for the previous day and Lewan’s trial is not expected to be an extended one. Lewan’s attorney John Shea also said that a settlement is possible before the trial date, but he doesn’t seem to be expecting one.
“Who knows what the future holds, but [a trial] is what we’re assuming,” Shea said, via MLive.com.
The trial date falls during the Titans’ bye week, so Lewan will not have to miss any work with the team in order to attend the court proceedings. Lewan is one of the few remaining 2014 draftees without a signed contract, although there’s no real reason why it shouldn’t be taken care of before camp gets underway.
Lewan is charged with striking two Buckeye fans outside the Brown Jug restaurant in Ann Arbor, although he and his attorney say he was just breaking up a fight.