Updates on A.J. Jefferson After Arrest for Allegedly Strangling Girlfriend

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 25, 2013

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Minnesota Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson has been released by the team after being arrested for allegedly strangling his girlfriend, according to TMZ Sports.  

The report states that authorities took the 25-year-old Jefferson into custody after the woman went to an Eden Prairie, Minn., police station to report the abuse. The woman claims Jefferson choked her.

A fourth-year player out of Fresno State, Jefferson had only recorded five tackles and one interception in 10 games with the Vikings in 2013 prior to his release. 

While Jefferson wasn't a game-changer and had struggled to make an impact in Minnesota, losing him only adds to the seemingly endless amount of issues for the Vikings' secondary. The unit ranks 29th in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed and has given up more passing touchdowns than any other secondary in the NFL this season. 

At 2-8-1, the Vikings are guaranteed a losing record in 2013, which means the front office is likely to address the concerns in the secondary this offseason. 

Minnesota acquired Jefferson right before the start of the 2012 season, trading away a conditional draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for the 6'1", 190-pound defensive back. Jefferson played in 15 regular-season games for the Vikings last season, starting seven of them. But the Bakersfield, Calif., native was hardly impressive, recording 37 combined tackles and one fumble recovery.   

Jefferson went undrafted in 2010 but was signed by the Cardinals shortly after the draft. But for a player who has yet to prove he can deliver on a consistent basis for an NFL franchise, this type of disturbing incident raises questions about his future in the league.