Bengals WR Chris Henry is on life support following an incident earlier today. Fox Sports reports on the situation, which appears to be dire for the troubled wide receiver:
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry is on life support after falling out of the back of a pickup truck in North Carolina, a source has told FOXSports.com’s Alex Marvez. The source described the situation as “dire.”
Henry was found in the road in south Charlotte “apparently suffering life-threatening injuries,” according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Henry was transported to Carolinas Medical Center, the local trauma unit, but spokesman Scott White said Henry was not listed in hospital records and had no other information.
Police said a dispute began at a Home just before noon and Henry jumped into the bed of the pickup truck as his unidentified fiancee was driving away from the residence.
“The domestic situation continued between the operator and Mr. Henry,” the police said in a statement. “At some point while she was driving, Mr. Henry came out of the back of the vehicle.”
A police spokesman later said no charges would be filed Wednesday.
Henry was found on a residential street about a half mile away from the home when police were called to the scene after a medic report that a man was down.
A woman who identified herself as the fiancee’s mother but declined to give her name told the Charlotte Observer that Henry and his fiancee had been staying at her house while he was on injured reserve and they were making plans for their wedding.
She said she wasn’t home at the time of the dispute and wasn’t sure exactly what happened, but she said her daughter is at Henry’s bedside at the hospital.
Henry’s agent, Kenneth Rush, did not immediately return phone and e-mail messages left by The Associated Press.
Henry broke his left forearm during a win over Baltimore on Nov. 8, had surgery and was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Charlotte is home to his fiancee’s parents, the Bengals said.
Team spokesman Jack Brennan said he had little information other than Henry was badly hurt.
“We are aware he was in an accident and that his injuries are very serious,” Brennan said. “We are obviously staying in touch with the situation and are ready to offer whatever assistance we can.”
Henry is in the final year of his contract with the Bengals, who let him go after his fifth arrest following the 2007 season. Owner Mike Brown then brought him back a few months later, signing him to a two-year deal, and Henry had stayed out of trouble since his return.
A deep threat, he was fourth among Bengals receivers this season with 12 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns at the time of his injury.
The Bengals’ third-round pick from West Virginia in 2005, the speedy Henry was a key part of Cincinnati’s playoff team as a rookie. He’s caught 119 passes for 1,826 yards and 21 touchdowns in five seasons, but has also been plagued by off-field woes.
He was suspended for two games by the league in 2006 and the first eight games of 2007. The Bengals released him following his fifth arrest that offseason, but Brown decided to bring him back during training camp over the objections of coach Marvin Lewis.
Henry had to miss the first four games of 2008, his punishment for the offseason arrest on an assault charge. The charge was dropped after his trial ended in a hung jury.