The New England Patriots released defensive lineman Dominique Easley on Wednesday.
The former Gator totaled 25 tackles, three sacks and one interception over the past two seasons with the Patriots after he was selected with the 29th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. But Easley struggled to stay on the field, playing 11 games in each of his two NFL seasons and finishing both seasons on the injured reserve list.
But the Patriots’ decision to cut Easley could have also been related to off-field issues.
Easley is facing a lawsuit from Wiley Brown in Palm Beach County, which is pending litigation filed Jan. 8. According to court records from the Circuit Court of Palm Beach County, the lawsuit seeks over $15,000 for an alleged dog bit and attack from Easley’s dog on April 25, 2015.
The lawsuit alleges Easley was “negligent in failing to restrain his dog, failing to leash the dog and-or keep the dog restrained and negligent in failing to keep a dangerous dog from biting plaintiff.”
Easley played for the Gators from 2010-13 and totaled 72 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks before entering the 2014 NFL Draft.