DETROIT (WWJ/AP) –  A grand jury in Dallas County has indicted quarterback Johnny Manziel on misdemeanor assault charges according to sources including CBS Dallas/Fort Worth.

According to a report by ESPN Manziel, a former Cleveland Browns quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M, is accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear.

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Crowley requested and was granted a protective order against the 23-year-old quarterback that prevents him from seeing her for two years.

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In a statement to ESPN and other media Tuesday, Manziel said, “I’m hoping to take care of the issues in front of me right now, so I can focus on what I have to do if I want to play in 2016. I also continue to be thankful to those who really know me and support me.”

A formal announcement is expect later in the day.

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A misdemeanor assault case carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
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