Jameis Winston decision pushed

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The state attorney's office investigating the sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston says the timeline for making a decision on whether to bring charges could now be two weeks or more.

Contributing to the delay is the fact that one of the top assistants is involved with a capital murder case next week.

"Believe it or not, we have other cases we're involved with; we haven't shut down our office to focus entirely on this case," William Meggs, state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee, Fla., told ESPN.com.

Meggs told The Associated Press last week that there were still "four or five" things that needed to be done before a decision could be made on potential charges.

"We're waiting on some things and we still have some loose ends to tie up," he told ESPN.com last week.

The office is still waiting on some evidence to arrive, Georgia Cappleman, chief assistant state's attorney for Leon County, told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

If Winston were to be charged with a felony, he would be subject to immediate suspension from the team. According to FSU's Intercollegiate Athletics Policies and Procedures handbook, student-athletes charged with a felony "will not be permitted to represent FSU Athletics in game competition until such time as the charge is resolved and all court, university and athletics department conditions for reinstatement have been met."

However, the FSU policy does include a stipulation that allows the suspension to be waived for "extraordinary circumstances as determined by the administration."

Winston, a redshirt freshman from Bessemer, Ala., is a leading Heisman candidate and has guided the Seminoles to an 11-0 record in his first season as a starter. No. 2 Florida State has one regular-season game remaining, at Florida on Saturday. The Seminoles also are set to play in the ACC championship game Dec. 7. The matchup for the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game will be announced Dec. 8, and Heisman Trophy votes are due Dec. 9.

Winston has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman Dec. 7, 2012, at an off-campus apartment. A DNA analysis completed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement last week confirmed that DNA provided by Winston matched the sample taken from the underwear of the accuser. Winston's attorney said his client had sex with the woman but that it was "absolutely" consensual.

Information from ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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