Josh Sills, a backup offensive lineman for the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles, has been indicted on rape and kidnapping charges stemming from an incident in Ohio just over three years ago, authorities said Wednesday.
Sills, an undrafted free agent who appeared in just one game this season, was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. That means he can’t practice, play or travel with the team as it prepares for the Super Bowl.
The NFL announced the move Wednesday and said the issue is being reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy.
The rookie, who played at West Virginia and Oklahoma State, was indicted Tuesday by a Guernsey County grand jury in Ohio and ordered to appear in court on Feb. 16, four days after the Eagles play against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl. .
His attorney, Michael Connick, said the allegations are false and that Sills will be aggressively defended.
Sills was listed as a safety and played just four snaps on special teams against the Cardinals on Oct. 9, the only game he played. He was on the inactive list for most of the year, including this past Sunday in Philadelphia’s conference title win over the San Francisco 49ers.
“The organization is aware of the legal matter involving Josh Sills. We have been in communication with the league office and are in the process of gathering more information. We have no further comment at this time,” the Eagles said in a statement
The indictment accuses Sills, who is from Sarahsville, Ohio, of engaging in nonconsensual sexual activity and holding a woman against her will on Dec. 5, 2019.
A statement issued by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said the incident was reported immediately and the county sheriff’s office conducted a thorough investigation.
Report from The Associated Press.
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