Titans expecting Rashad Weaver for rookie minicamp this weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Fourth-round draft pick Rashad Weaver is expected to be with the Titans for their three-day rookie minicamp that starts Friday.

Weaver is facing a simple assault charge stemming from an April 18 incident in Pittsburgh during which the alleged victim, Demetria Navjelis, said he "grabbed her by the throat and pushed her to the ground, where she ultimately hit her head."

Despite the charge, I would not have expected the team to put Weaver on the shelf while the team's 2021 draft class and undrafted acquisitions gather for the first time and while they await matters to be sorted out.

The NFLPA is discouraging rookies from attending, but the union's advice as it tries to gain ground in a push-back against voluntary offseason work failed in the handful of rookie camps held last weekend.

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The incident occurred outside Foxtail bar at about 2:30 a.m., where the two engaged in an argument just minutes earlier during which she threw a drink at Weaver. [Unlocked]

Some participants in what's expected to be one open media practice Saturday will chat with the media via Zoom afterward.

The timing of the filings of the complaint and the charge made it difficult for the Titans to learn of it before selecting Weaver on May 1 and we don't know if it would have altered their plan.

But at least a few others teams were aware that something involving Weaver had occurred in advance of the draft.

The former Pitt pass rusher is a key addition to the Titans who need depth on the edge to offer support to Bud Dupree and Harold Landry. 

Rashad Weaver could make the Titans three-deep at edge.

Weaver's hearing in Pittsburgh magisterial court is scheduled for Oct. 5, though things could be settled in advance of that date. 



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