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By Dan Parr

Bears WR Brandon Marshall isn't facing charges from New York City police for an altercation outside a nightclub in March, and a league spokesman told PFW Wednesday that Marshall is "not likely" to face discipline from the league.

Marshall's attorney said last week that New York City police had decided not to bring charges against Marshall.

"We always review the facts in matters of this nature but if no charges are brought there is not likely to be league discipline," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFW when asked about the incident.

A woman alleged that Marshall had struck her in the face outside the nightclub, but police reportedly were unable to find any evidence against Marshall. The case is expected to be closed without any charges being filed.

Marshall has said allegations that he hit a woman in the face were a lie, and said just days after the incident that he had "no fear" of being suspended.

A player need not be charged with a crime for the league to rule that he has violated its personal-conduct policy — Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger served a four-game suspension to start the 2010 season for violating the personal-conduct policy despite never having been charged.

Marshall, who was traded from the Dolphins to the Bears two days after the incident (both teams said they were aware of the altercation before making the trade), would be classified as a repeat offender  — he served a one-game suspension in 2008 for violating the policy.

Before contacting Aiello, PFW asked Marshall at Bears OTAs on Wednesday if the league had notified him that he would not be suspended.

"Suspended for what?" Marshall said. "You don't do anything wrong, you can't get suspended."

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