The two-game suspension of Ray Rice and the looming suspension of Josh Gordon have left folks wondering when or if the NFL will take action against Colts owner Jim Irsay.
In early June, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that league insiders expected Commissioner Roger Goodell to impose a six-to-eight-game suspension on Irsay. Some also believe that Irsay could be suspended even though it’s his first offense and even if the underlying legal case isn’t resolved.
Nothing has happened in more than two months, but it’s safe to assume that discipline will be levied before the start of the regular season. That’s the league’s pattern when it comes to incidents occurring in the offseason. The discipline becomes determined and implemented before the next football game that counts.
The league also is likely showing patience in this regard because Irsay’s legal case could soon be resolved via ongoing plea negotiations. A trial before a judge had been scheduled for August 28. It’s unclear whether the trial will proceed as scheduled, and it’s also unclear whether Goodell will wait until the outcome of the trial before issuing discipline, given that it’s due to begin within a week or so of the start of the regular season.