The former Ohio State player was charged April 13 with aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Whitner made a brief appearance Tuesday in Cleveland Municipal Court.
A preliminary hearing will be set on the charges. Whitner left the courtroom without commenting.
Police said they used a stun gun on the 23-year-old and handcuffed him when he tried to force his way past officers trying to control a crowd outside a nightclub on April 11. They said it was unclear why he was trying to leave the club and head for the melee outside.
Since then, Whitner has apologized.