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(The Sports Xchange) - San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence early Sunday morning.

The Sacramento Bee reported that McDonald was booked by San Jose police at 5:30 a.m. Sunday for "inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant".

McDonald posted $25,000 bail and was released from jail about six hours after he was booked. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15, the day after the 49ers play a Sunday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week that the new punishment for those involved in domestic violence disputes would be six weeks for first-time offenders and a second offense would carry a lifetime ban.

Goodell's announcement came in the wake of his admission that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game suspension for assaulting his then-fiancee in February was too lenient.

McDonald could face stricter punishment because the alleged victim is pregnant, according to Fox Sports.

The alleged incident involving McDonald occurred during his birthday party Saturday night that went into Sunday morning. Police officers arrived at 2 a.m., and said the woman allegedly assaulted by McDonald was bruised.

McDonald is expected to start at defensive tackle. He has 45 NFL starts in three seasons with 11.5 sacks. He is due to make $3.5 million for this season and $4.1 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent.

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Aug 28, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) warms up before game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports