The arraignment date for former Seahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler, who is facing three charges, including first-degree assault domestic violence, has been changed to Monday.

The arraignment, where Wheeler is expected to enter a plea, will begin at 9 a.m.

The arraignment, which will be held at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, had initially been set for Feb. 9.

In addition to the first-degree assault charge, which is a Class A felony, Wheeler was also charged Wednesday with unlawful imprisonment domestic violence and resisting arrest, according to charging documents.

Wheeler was accused of beating his girlfriend and strangling her into unconsciousness at the couple’s Kent apartment on Friday night.


Wheeler, after being arrested in Kent on Friday, posted $400,000 bail and was released from jail on Tuesday and was charged on Wednesday.

Wheeler, a backup offensive lineman who played in five games for the Seahawks last year, was waived Wednesday. On Thursday, NFL transactions showed he cleared waivers, meaning no team picked him up, and he is a free agent.

Wheeler, 27, tweeted on Wednesday that he is walking away from football to get help, saying he was having a manic episode due to bi-polar disorder on Friday.

Help for domestic-violence survivors

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you have been abused by an intimate partner, you can call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 (TTY). A variety of agencies in the area offer assistance, including confidential shelters, counseling, child therapy and legal help. For a list of resources, visit the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s website.