MISSOULA — The Whitman County prosecutor has declined to press charges "at this time" against former Montana football player Justin Strong, according to a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office.
The prosecutor is waiting for more reports from the Pullman Police Department before making a final decision on charges, she said.
The police department recommended a charge of felony assault against Strong in mid-December.
Strong was arrested during Montana's bye week on Oct. 21 in Pullman, Washington, and held on suspicion of second-degree felony assault. Strong told police on the night of the incident that he was breaking up a fight at a house party and hit a man who'd struck him first.
That man, a senior track and field athlete at Washington State, sustained a fractured skull and a hematoma and was airlifted to a hospital in Spokane.
Because charges were not pending at the time, Strong was suspended for two games after the incident. He also missed the first game of the year due to a broken thumb.
He tied for the lead in interceptions on the team and finished ninth on the team in tackles with 41 takedowns. He also had 2 1/2 tackles for loss, four passes defended and a pass breakup.
This was his final year of eligibility.