Former Seahawks lineman pleads not guilty to assault

KENT, Wash. (AP) — Former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler has pleaded not guilty to charges that he attacked his girlfriend, leaving her with a dislocated arm and other injuries. Wheeler is out of jail after posting $400,000 bail. Wheeler’s lawyers asked the court to allow him to return to Hawaii, where he has a residence. The judge ordered Wheeler to remain in Washington state and wear a home monitoring device. His trial is set for April 6. Wheeler was arrested Jan. 22 after police say he strangled his girlfriend, dislocated her arm, tried to suffocate her and smashed in her face after she refused to bow to him.