NFL Suspends Boley For Season Opener

The NFL announced Tuesday that they have suspended Giants linebacker Michael Boley without pay for the first game of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Boley was arrested and charged with battery in May of 2008. The New York Daily News confirms that the suspension is for that incident. 

It has been an up and down offseason for the former Falcon.  He signed a five-year, $25 million contract to join the Giants in February and was expected to start at weakside linebacker.  Bryan Kehl or Gerris Wilkinson will likely fill in for Boley.

But Boley underwent hip surgery in late June, and was expected to have a 8-10 week recovery.  His status for the season opener was already in doubt.

Now he has an extra week to get ready for the start of the regular season, minus a paycheck.

UPDATE:  Adam Schefter reports that “everyone involved” knew this was coming when the Giants signed Boley.
  

9 responses to “NFL Suspends Boley For Season Opener

  1. And if he had played for a smaller market team like New Orleans, Minnesota, Buffalo, Atlanta, St Louis, Arizona, Jacksonville, Tennessee, ect… he probably would have been suspended for 4 games, starting week 2 after he comes back from injury. Because that’s clearly how the NFL roles. If your team is making bank, the suspensions and dicipline being handed down are proportionately less than it is for players on teams generating less revenue. Case in point, see ‘Starcaps ruling’.

  2. wait… so he was charged in May of last year and his suspension is just getting announced in July of ’09? a simple google search informs me that nothing has happened on the case since the charges were filed. is he going to get more suspension time if he pleads guilty? is a plea even in the works? the timing on this just seems… odd. not to mention just a single game suspension for being charged.

  3. Are you sure this guy doesn’t play for the Cowboys?
    And, Roger Goodell actually made a decision? I thought he would send him to his room for at least another 6 months to think about what he did and prove he was sorry.

  4. “Are you sure this guy doesn’t play for the Cowboys?”
    Nope. Giants. And Jack Ikegwuonu doesn’t play for the Cowboys, either. And their teams knew they were turds when they signed them. Wow, the Cowboys apparently do not exist in a vacuum! Bet that’s news to you huh, Smush?
    (The Eagirls just might exist in a vacuum as the only NFCE team with no Super Bowl championships)

  5. The only thing keeping the Eagles from winning a Super Bowl in the last decade has been Donovan McNabb. Eventually, Kolb will take over and the Eagles fans will remember what it’s like to have a real QB who brings something more to the table than the ability to generate a good QB rating in an offensive system that’s designed to generate a statistical on-paper hero.

  6. Vox Veritas says: (The Eagirls just might exist in a vacuum as the only NFCE team with no Super Bowl championships)
    Yeah they are pretty terrible. Of course if not for the Giants the entire NFC East would be mired in a 10+ year Super Bowl drought. The Eagles continue to be the laughingstock of the division but the Cowboys 13 year playoff drought and Washington’s futility since 1991 have both teams hot on their heels.
    The truth is the Cowboys don’t have any kind of lock on players with law issues, they just receive more attention because of their meglo-maniac owner and completely inept coaches. The Giants have a few law breakers on the roster (Bradshaw, Boley) and although I’m too lazy to check I’m sure that both Philly and Washington have their run ins with John Law as well.

  7. Rev, incorrect – the Eagles do not save for the guy who stole an XBOX.
    Vox, nice to see you got your handle back. You are correct – the Giants have just as many turds as the boys. The difference is that the Giants do not let it affect them. They are still a good team….. unlike your boys

  8. Philly may not have many law breakers on the team but let’s not forget that Andy Reid is a much better coach than a father. Both of his sons are multiple felons.

  9. RevSkip says:
    July 8, 2009 3:16 AM
    Philly may not have many law breakers on the team but let’s not forget that Andy Reid is a much better coach than a father. Both of his sons are multiple felons.
    ***
    Thanks, do not really care. The organization did not hire the sons knowing this (or at all).

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