Former UM star Lewan expected to avoid assault trial

Associated Press

Ann Arbor — A lawyer for Tennessee Titans rookie Taylor Lewan says he expects to reach a deal with prosecutors that would allow his client to avoid trial in a Michigan assault case.

During a hearing Thursday in Ann Arbor, both sides asked a judge to cancel next week's trial.

Defense attorney John Shea says both sides made the request "in anticipation of a resolution of the case to be placed on the record next Thursday."

Lewan is a former Michigan offensive tackle. He's accused of punching an Ohio State fan after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines last season.

Lewan says he was breaking up a dispute and wasn't involved in a fight.

He is charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery.

Lewan is expected in court next Thursday. The case has been adjourned to the Washtenaw County Service Center.