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Bears rookie offensive lineman Lance Louis, who declined to say anything about the misdemeanor assault charge he received in San Diego on Tuesday, could face potential discipline from the NFL even though the incident occurred last fall when he was playing for San Diego State University.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk first reported the news, and NFL senior vice president for public relations Greg Aiello confirmed it via e-mail. Louis' alleged attack of former Aztecs teammate Nick Sandford falls under the league's personal conduct policy because the charge was filed against him after he entered into the NFL. Players can be suspended or fined for violations of the personal conduct policy.

Bears rookie offensive lineman Lance Louis offered no reaction to the criminal charges that have been filed against him in San Diego for an assault on a former teammate at San Diego State University.

Louis was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking Nick Sandford from behind in a team meeting room last season. Sandford suffered a fractured cheekbone, concussion and broke eardrum. Louis faces up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted. He will be arraigned Oct. 23.

"I'm not talking about it,'' said the seventh-round draft pick this afternoon in the Bears' locker room prior to practice.

Next, he was asked if he is innocent of the charge.

"I ain't got nothing to say on it,'' Louis said. "I can't talk about it right now. It's a legal matter. It's being handled. That's about it."

An incident that the San Diego State University football team thought might go away didn't, and it's caught up to Bears rookie offensive lineman Lance Louis.

He has been charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from a fight with a college teammate last season, one that ex-Aztecs football coach Chuck Long did not report to authorities for more than two weeks. Louis was accused of assaulting safety Nick Sandford in a meeting room while Sandford was watching film.

According to Paul Sandford, the player's father, Louis approached from behind and attacked Nick Sandford. He reportedly suffered a fractured cheekbone, concussion and broken eardrum. Sandford had poked Louis with a stick earlier in the day in the locker room. Louis played the remainder of the season without any known punishment from Long. Sandford is a senior starter for the Aztecs this season.

Louis will be arraigned on Oct. 23 but is not required to attend. The charge is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine.

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