Corwin Brown appeared before Judge Miller Wednesday morning.
He faces charges for last summer's 7-hour long stand-off with police, that ended when he shot himself. Brown is accused of striking his wife and holding her hostage in their home during that time.
Brown was arrested on September 12, after recovering from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He was released on $5,000 bond.
Brown's family has said they believe his actions might stem from brain trauma he suffered while playing college and pro football.
A psychologist and psychiatrist have been assigned to evaluate him while he continues counseling and treatment in Chicago.
Brown will appear back in court on March 14.