Titans rookie pleads no contest to assault in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - David Howard, a Brown University

defensive lineman drafted in the spring by the Tennessee Titans,

has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge in Rhode


Howard was accused in April 2009 of punching and kicking a

customer at a bar where he was working as a bouncer. He entered the

plea Monday to a charge of simple assault.

Howard's lawyer, Mark Smith, said Tuesday that the plea does not

constitute a conviction and that the charge will be expunged from

Howard's record if he stays out of trouble for a year.

Smith says Howard wanted to get the case behind him and move on

with his life.

The Titans selected Howard in the seventh round.