Reports: Hanson struck by Cable

Updated: August 21, 2009, 5:28 PM ET
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

The assault case involving two Oakland Raiders coaches is reportedly going back into the hands of the Napa, Calif., police department.

The National Football Post is reporting that Oakland defensive assistant Randy Hanson will cooperate with police and tell them who is responsible for his broken jaw. He was allegedly assaulted by another member of the Raiders staff. AOL's Fanhouse reported that Hanson was assaulted by Oakland head coach Tom Cable.

Cable and the Raiders have called it an internal matter. Cable told ESPN analyst and former college teammate Mark Schlereth that nothing happened. ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen reported that Hanson was hurt when his face hit a cabinet after the chair he was sitting in was flipped over by Cable in a meeting room at the team's training camp facility in Napa earlier this month.

The National Football Post reported Thursday that Cable choked Hanson during the confrontation and threatened to kill Hanson.

The NFL is investigating the matter and Cable could face league discipline if it is proven that he assaulted Hanson. However, now that Hanson is reportedly going to cooperate with police, Cable could face felony charges if it is proven Hanson's jaw was broken in the altercation.

Hanson's attorney, John McGuinn of San Francisco, did not return a phone message from ESPN.com. Napa police have said that they would not pursue the case unless Hanson cooperated. Now, it appears he will.

Bill Williamson is an NFL reporter for ESPN.com.

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