NFL player Earl Wolff kidnapped while visiting North Carolina

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Earl Wolff #28 of the Philadelphia Eagles covers against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 24, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Eagles won 31-24. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Earl Wolff was kidnapped for a short time while visiting his native North Carolina last month but was freed unharmed, the team has confirmed.

Police in Fayetteville, North Carolina, said they received a call Feb. 23 about a robbery and kidnapping. The Fayetteville Observer, which first reported the story, said that Wolff was visiting friends when a group of men with guns forced him into his Range Rover. Police say it’s not clear how long Wolff was held but they believe it was a short time.

Tad Dickman, senior manager of public relations for the Jaguars, released a statement Saturday that Wolff was “doing well, mentally and physically.” He asked the media to respect Wolff’s privacy.

One man was charged Thursday in the case.