Colts bring back Griff Whalen to take Josh McNary’s spot

AP

The NFL has placed Colts linebacker Josh McNary on the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list after he was charged with rape on Wednesday, the team has announced.

The Colts made that request this morning, and that makes McNary the first player to be placed on paid leave under the new Personal Conduct Policy. Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson were both placed on paid leave during the 2014 season as well, but that was before the NFL had codified a policy for how to deal with players who have been accused — but not convicted — of serious crimes.

To take McNary’s spot on the active roster, the Colts have brought back wide receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad to the active roster. Whalen was on the active roster primarily to be a returner and special teams player earlier this season, was cut when the Colts signed Josh Cribbs to return kicks, and then was put back on the practice squad. McNary was primarily a special teams player, so Whalen will likely take over some of McNary’s special teams work.

The Colts have also signed defensive end Gannon Conway to the practice squad to take Whalen’s place.

17 responses to “Colts bring back Griff Whalen to take Josh McNary’s spot

  1. Having now read the Probable Cause Affidavit and Charging papers I would say the accuser is the one who may be facing legal action by the end of the process…her behavior and the gaps in her “memory ” are not believable…after the Ray Rice and Ferguson episodes I think Prosecutor Terry Curry is covering his own butt by avoiding a Grand Jury and charging this as rape…and with his own alleged personal indiscretions in his previous marriage maybe he should

  2. Is it really that important for NFL players to hang out in bars in their free time? Whether McNary is guilty of the charges or not, seems like a pretty dumb move by him, either way.

  3. Mcnary is probably innocent.

    I just don’t understand why the guy can be put on paid leave and the team gets to fill his roster spot. To me that seems like a double dip. Am I wrong? Sure, the guy can’t play, but he’s still getting paid the same as if he were still taking up a roster spot. So, it seems like the team shouldn’t be able to fill his spot with another guy while Mcnary is still drawing a normal paycheck.

  4. How much would an accusation vs a star QB be worth?
    Players better be paranoid, and careful. Vulnerability to blackmail, and immediate removal due to an accusation are real.
    Player would not even have to have done anything.
    Just need a possible time and place.
    I would be tempted to assign bodyguards to key people.
    A loose cannon like Manziel is an extreme liability in this environment.

  5. “A loose cannon like Manziel is an extreme liability in this environment.”
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    That assumes Manziel has any value on the football field as a player, which is an assumption that I find suspect.

  6. Why do all the allegations so disproportionately happen to football players and not baseball/basketball players. Not talking about guilty/innocent, but you VERY seldom hear about these type allegations against anybody but football players. Whereas it is pretty much a weekly occurrence with football players. Are they really that lowlife?

  7. tedbundysson says: Jan 15, 2015 2:49 PM

    Why do all the allegations so disproportionately happen to football players and not baseball/basketball players. Not talking about guilty/innocent, but you VERY seldom hear about these type allegations against anybody but football players. Whereas it is pretty much a weekly occurrence with football players. Are they really that lowlife?

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    There’s a lot more pro football players than there are pro basketball or pro baseball players. 53 players per team, plus practice squad, plus injured reserve guys times 32 teams = a lot more than the 10 players per team of NBA.

    There’s a bigger pool of people, therefore it makes sense that there will be more incidents.

  8. This can be easily abused. If you don’t want a player playing next game, just accuse them of a crime.

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