The Bowling Green (Ky.) Daily News reports that the former Western Kentucky standout pleaded guilty Friday to assault under extreme emotional disturbance. Warren Circuit Judge Steve Wilson ordered Higbee to pay the victim an undisclosed amount and perform 250 hours of community service as part of a five-year pretrial diversion program. Higbee also can’t own or possess a gun, use drugs or drink alcohol.
If Higbee violates the terms of the diversion program, he could be given a two-year prison sentence.
Bowling Green Police say Higbee punched Nawaf Alsaleh during a fight in April 2016. Alsaleh was later diagnosed with a concussion.
Higbee was drafted in the fourth round by the Rams in 2016. He played in 16 games last season, tallying 11 receptions and one touchdown.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.