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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Tennessee offensive lineman Ryan Johnson, left, greets defensive lineman Darel Middleton as they take the field to warm up before a home game against BYU on Sept. 7, 2019.

KNOXVILLE — University of Tennessee senior defensive lineman Darel Middleton no longer faces charges of domestic assault and public intoxication for an incident with his girlfriend in February.

Middleton faced a date in Knox County General Sessions Court in August, but the misdemeanor charges have been dismissed. His attorney, Gregory P. Isaacs, confirmed the dismissal first reported Friday by the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Middleton was arrested Feb. 29 after fighting with a friend. The arrest warrant said Middleton shoved his girlfriend twice as she tried to break up the fight and she scraped a knee. Middleton later said he was seeing alcohol counseling.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pound junior college transfer started six of 13 games and made 28 tackles in 2019, his first season with the Volunteers.

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