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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball against the New York Giants on September 14, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cardinals defeated the Giants 25-14. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates his touchdown against the New York Giants on September 14, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cardinals defeated the Giants 25-14. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates his touchdown against the New York Giants on September 14, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cardinals defeated the Giants 25-14. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: Running back Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the New York Giants during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 08: Running back Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals takes a hand off from quarterback Carson Palmer #3 during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 8, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 18-17. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 24: Running back Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals takes the field before the preseason NFL game between Cincinnati Bengals and the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 24, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Running back Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on August 24, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chiefs defeated the Steelers 26-20. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against Husain Abdullah #39 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game on August 24, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 18: Running back Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on November 18, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 13-10. The Steelers wore throwback uniforms based on the uniform worn by the Steelers in 1934. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 23: Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the game at Heinz Field on December 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bengals won 13-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been formally charged with assaulting his wife during two arguments in July at their Phoenix apartment.

An indictment publicly released late Friday charges Dwyer with felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors, including assault, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.

Investigators say Dwyer broke his wife's nose with a head-butt during a July 21 argument and engaged in a dispute the following day in which he punched his wife and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who wasn't injured.

Dwyer had been booked on Sept. 17 on suspicion of aggravated assault against his son, but the indictment doesn't charge him with any crimes related to the child.

Prosecutors say it's not unusual for grand juries to return slightly different charges than those initially brought in a case.

A message left for Jared Allen, an attorney representing Dwyer, wasn't immediately returned Monday.

Police say the first dispute between the couple erupted after Dwyer's wife learned about his recent phone contact with another woman and came to believe her husband was cheating.

The arrest came at a time when the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.

The NFL has said the Dwyer case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy. The day after his arrest, the Cardinals placed Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list, meaning he can't play for Arizona again this season.

An Oct. 6 status conference has been scheduled for Dwyer.

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