Josh Morgan Reportedly Charged with Reckless Use of a Firearm: Details, Reaction

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2016

Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan carries the ball during warm ups before an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Former NFL wide receiver Josh Morgan reportedly has been charged with misdemeanor reckless use of a firearm from a January 31 incident.   

According to TMZ Sports, Morgan was allegedly cleaning the gun when it accidentally went off and struck him. The report noted he was hospitalized due to injuries he sustained from the incident but that they were "non-life threatening." Someone from Morgan's camp said he's "fine."

Morgan faces a March court date for his misdemeanor charges. The 30-year-old played seven seasons in the NFL after being a sixth-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2008. 

During his playing days, Morgan caught 209 passes for 2,558 yards and 12 touchdowns with San Francisco, Washington and Chicago. He signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints in May 2015, hoping to stick on a 53-man roster after training camp. 

Morgan sounded enthusiastic about his chances with the Saints, telling ESPN.com's Mike Triplett last July there is "definitely a big opportunity here." He made it all the way to the final cutdown before being let go September 5. 

The good news for Morgan, if he wants to continue pursuing a career in the NFL, is his injury suffered from this incident doesn't sound serious. Teams will have to keep monitoring the situation to see how the charges levied against him play out before making any decisions this offseason.

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