Former NFL player, actor Tim Rossovich arrested in connection with domestic violence incident |

Former NFL player, actor Tim Rossovich arrested in connection with domestic violence incident

Tim Rossovich, a former NFL player and an actor who appeared in many TV series in the 1980s, was arrested at his Lake Wildwood-area home Tuesday in connection with a domestic violence incident.

A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence in the 19000 block of Wildwood West Drive at about 10:20 p.m. for a report of a man “bleeding out,” according to dispatch reports. The call originally went to Yuba City Police, and when they attempted to transfer, it was an open line with a dispute heard in the background. Another caller reported the man had been bitten by a dog, dispatch reports said.

When the deputy arrived, he found a man identified as Rossovich, who had both arms wrapped in towels, and he appeared to have been bleeding, said Sheriff Keith Royal. He also reportedly had bandages on his legs.

A woman at the residence reportedly said that she and Rossovich had been in a verbal argument and he pushed her down, then hit her in the face and arms.

The woman told deputies she got away and into a bedroom, but that Rossovich forced entry through the door. As he did so, he fell and was attacked by a chow, which bit him a number of times, Royal said.

Rossovich was treated at the hospital and released into custody. He was subsequently booked on suspicion of spousal abuse and released on $25,000 bail.

Rossovich, 70, was a defensive end at USC and played for the Philadelphia Eagles, the San Diego Chargers, and the Houston Oilers through the mid-1970s. He worked as a character actor in the 1980s, frequently playing a tough guy, and appeared in films such as Night Shift.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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