Ex-Texas Linebacker S'Maje Burrell Charged in Crash Injuring NFL Player

Former University of Texas linebacker S'Maje Burrell faces a felony charge for a car crash that injured at least one person, including Tennessee Titans defensive lineman T'Vondre Sweat. Burrell allegedly fled the scene and has been indefinitely suspended from the Longhorns program.

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Ex-Texas Linebacker S'Maje Burrell Charged in Crash Injuring NFL Player

Ex-Texas Linebacker S'Maje Burrell Charged in Crash Injuring NFL Player

Former University of Texas linebacker S'Maje Burrell, 19, faces a felony charge of collision involving injury after an April 7 car crash on Interstate 35 in Austin that left at least one person injured, including Tennessee Titans defensive lineman T'Vondre Sweat. The crash occurred at 4:41 a.m. near Howard and Parmer Lane when Burrell's blue 2020 Dodge Charger crashed into the back of Sweat's 2023 orange Ford Bronco, causing it to roll over.

According to an affidavit, police identified Burrell as the driver of the Dodge through witness statements and a previous oil change receipt with his name listed as the customer. A witness in the Dodge's front passenger seat claimed that Burrell was driving recklessly, tried to change lanes, and hit Sweat's vehicle. "The witness believed Burrell fled the scene because he was drunk," the affidavit states. Burrell has not been arrested as of May 13, 2024.

Burrell, who played linebacker for the Longhorns in 2022 and 2023, announced his entry into the transfer portal on April 11. Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian indefinitely suspended him from the program on April 10. As of May 13, Burrell has not officially transferred to another team.

Sweat, 22, also a former Longhorns player, was drafted by the Titans in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He played defensive line for Texas from 2019 to 2022, recording 108 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks in his collegiate career.

The charge Burrell faces, collision involving injury, is a third-degree felony in Texas. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison. The crash left Sweat and at least one other person injured, and Burrell allegedly fled the scene without rendering aid. As the legal process unfolds, Burrell's football future remains uncertain following his suspension from the Longhorns program.

Key Takeaways

  • Former UT linebacker S'Maje Burrell faces felony charge for April car crash.
  • Crash on I-35 in Austin left at least one person injured, including Titans' T'Vondre Sweat.
  • Burrell allegedly fled the scene without rendering aid, witness claimed he was drunk.
  • Burrell suspended from UT program, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
  • Burrell's football future uncertain, has not officially transferred to another team.