The NFL has suspended Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay for four games for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.
Gay’s suspension begins immediately and that means he will miss upcoming games against the Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Las Vegas Raiders, and the highly anticipated rematch against the Buffalo Bills. He will be eligible to return following that Week 6 game.
Gay was arrested in January on a charge of criminal property damage of less than $1,000, which is a misdemeanor. Per ESPN, he had agreed to enter a diversion program to resolve the criminal case.
Gay will not be allowed to enter Chiefs’ practice facilities or have any contract with team officials over the next two weeks. For the two weeks after that, he is allowed to do so.
Gay started both of Kansas City’s games this season so far at linebacker and he is tied for second in tackles (16), team lead in tackles for loss (2), and passes defended (2).
While Nick Bolton will continue to anchor the other starting linebacker spot for the Chiefs, rookie Leo Chanal is likely to step up into that starter role since he’s played the third-most so far at the position. The team also has Elijah Lee, Darius Harris, and Jack Cochrane on the roster.