Former NFL player Desmond Harrison turned himself in to police in Greenboro, North Carolina on Friday morning.

The Greensboro Police Department issued a release with the news.

Harrison is charged with assault on a person by strangulation and assault on a female by a male.

He was last on the Arizona Cardinals, who released him Wednesday morning shortly after learning of the charges against Harrison.

Harrison is being held at the Guilford County Jail in North Carolina.

The Cardinals claimed Harrison off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns in June.

Harrison, 25, was released by the Browns one day after he showed up late for the start of Cleveland’s mandatory, three-day mini-camp.

“Missed a flight or something. I am not sure really,” Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters at the time. “I have not got to the bottom of it yet. Missed a flight. I know he missed a flight. I do not know what time he got here, so it’s hard to tell how he (got) here.”

Harrison started the first eight games of the season last year at left tackle until then-head coach Hue Jackson was fired midseason. Harrison was benched after Jackson’s termination and did not play another down for the rest of the season.

He joined the Browns last season as an undrafted rookie free agent out of West Georgia.

The 6-foot-6, 295-pound Harrison earned first-team All-America honors at Contra Costa Community College before transferring to Texas for his junior season. But he was ruled academically ineligible and was eventually cleared later in the season but ended up serving three suspensions at Texas and never played a down for the Longhorns.


Desmond Harrison was released by the Cardinals after reports emerged the tackle has been charged with assault and strangulation in North Carolina.
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He spent two years away from football before resurfacing at West Georgia.

Harrison impressed at the NFL scouting combine, running a 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds, which was the second-fastest time of any offensive line prospect. He also recorded an unofficial time of 4.75 seconds, but still went undrafted.

With Greg Robinson now firmly entrenched as Cleveland’s starting left tackle, the Browns felt comfortable moving on from Harrison, who had developed a reputation for not putting in the work to improve his development. 

The Cardinals picked him up to add help on the offensive line.

“We feel like we have a good offensive line room,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said of picking up Harrison. “He’s a really, really talented offensive lineman. He started eight games last year as a rookie there in Cleveland. He’s got size, length, is a great pass protector and so, we wanted to see how it goes here.”

Last month, Harrison said he was eager for his chance with the Cardinals.

“One door closes and another one opens,” he said. “I didn’t have to wait too long before I got picked up by another team, so that helped. I’m glad I’m in Arizona now. The coaches here, they told me they like me a lot, especially the stuff I’ve put on film.

“We’ve got a lot of competition here, a lot of smart guys and a lot of guys who have played a lot of football as well. So, for me, it’s just going to be about coming in, keep my head down and work hard every day.”

“I just want to try to be the best at my position and we’ll see what happens,” Harrison added. “I really don’t care too much about Cleveland anymore. I mean, I’m here now and that’s all that matters.”

The Republic’s Bob McManaman contributed to this story.