Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was scheduled to appear in court this week due to charges from a 2016 arrest for alleged assault. Bradham is keeping his case out of court now, however, according to ESPN.
Bradham has accepted a deferred prosecution program in relation to his felony battery charge from last summer, court documents show, which diverts the case out of the courts and could result in no jail time if the conditions of the program are met.
But just because Bradham will likely stay out of prison doesn’t mean he’s completely out of the woods yet. As Pro Football Talk notes, Bradham is still subject to punishment from the NFL.
The league will now conduct its own review and impose discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy. Based on the revision to the policy from 2014, Bradham faces a baseline suspension of six games. As the league proved, however, in 2016 with former Giants kicker Josh Brown, the punishment can be dropped down to as little as a single game, with no transparency or elaboration as to why the player got a pass.
Potentially missing Bradham for six games (or any amount of time) would be a significant loss for the Eagles. He was quietly one of the team’s best defenders last year. Not to mention Philadelphia’s depth at the linebacker position is thin.
Bradham’s situation will obviously bear watching moving forward.