WASHINGTON (AP) _ Leslie Shepherd, who led the Washington Redskins in receiving yards and touchdown catches last season, was arrested early Wednesday and charged with assaulting a man following a Mardi Gras party.

District of Columbia police said they arrested Shepherd around 2 a.m. after he allegedly hit a man with his fist outside a nightclub in Northwest Washington.

Shepherd, 28, is charged with simple assault and released on his own recognizance. He has an April court date and faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

The unidentified injured man did not require hospitalization, police said.

A spokesman for the Redskins said the team had no immediate comment on the incident.

In August 1995, Shepherd broke a woman's nose during an argument in a parked car on the night before the Redskins ended summer camp in Frostburg, Md. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge in September 1996.

He was sentenced to one year of probation, fined $1,500, ordered to pay $1,840 restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.

Shepherd, a Washington native, is expected to be a starting receiver this fall as he begins his fifth season with the Redskins. Last year he caught 29 passes for 562 yards and five touchdowns despite missing the final five weeks with a wrist injury.

Shepherd was arrested outside the same nightclub that Juwan Howard visited on the night the Washington Wizards star was charged with speeding and driving while intoxicated in November 1996. The charges were dropped after Howard completed an alcohol rehabilitation and education program.