Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended for the first game of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, the NFL Network reported.
The suspension reportedly stems from an incident in July of 2016 in which Bradham was arrested in Miami Beach on suspicion of battery/aggravated assault. Bradham was subsequently enrolled in the the deferred prosecution program, which he completed in January, per per Miami-Dade County Court records. The case was closed days later.
“We have been in contact with Nigel and the NFL regarding his suspension,” the Eagles said in a statement. “We respect the league’s decision on this matter and we are disappointed that Nigel put himself in this position. Nigel has taken responsibility and expressed to us through his words and actions that he has learned from his mistake. We will continue to be supportive of him throughout this process.”
The suspension means Bradham, who just inked a 5-year, $40 million contract in April, will leave the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles without their best linebacker for the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
I would like to apologize to my fans, coaches, teammates and the entire eagles organization for the 1 game suspension,” Bradham wrote on Twitter. “This stems from a July 2016 incident and the matter is now resolved. I look forward to giving it my all this season and helping the team win another Championship.”