LeSean McCoy Won't Be Disciplined by NFL After Nightclub Incident

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2016

Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy rushes during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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The NFL won't suspend Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy following his involvement in an altercation at a Philadelphia nightclub, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, citing a league spokesman.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport initially reported in April that discipline was unlikely. 

Philadelphia police began investigating McCoy on possible assault charges in February for allegedly striking two off-duty police officers. Citing the police report from the incident, Philly.com's David Gambacorta and Dana DiFilippo reported one of McCoy's friends, Tamarcus Porter, attempted to take a bottle of champagne from one of the off-duty officers, which sparked a brawl.

John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com reported one of the officers, Roland Butler, suffered broken ribs and a broken nose from the fight, while another officer, Darnell Jessie, received stitches over his left eye and was evaluated for a possible skull fracture.

On April 4, Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced he wouldn't pursue charges against McCoy due to insufficient evidence, per Gambacorta:

David Gambacorta @dgambacorta

DA Seth Williams: "insufficient evidence" to bring charges in LeSean McCoy case. https://t.co/shpXXWJggs

McCoy wasn't completely in the clear, though, with Garafolo noting the NFL was still looking into whether the 28-year-old violated the league's personal conduct policy. According to Rapoport, the Bills expected him to miss some time:

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#Bills planned all offseason for some sort of LeSean McCoy suspension. With lack of evidence in his altercation, expected to be available

After Karlos Williams' emergence in 2015, Buffalo would've been prepared to handle McCoy's absence on a short-term basis. Williams, a fifth-round draft pick out of Florida State, ran for 517 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie. Mike Gillislee also ran for 202 yards over the Bills' final three games, providing even more depth in the backfield.

But head coach Rex Ryan will have the full complement of his rushing attack in Week 1, which is critical for Ryan if he is on the hot seat. The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reported in January that Bills owner Terry Pegula could fire both Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley if the team fails to make the playoffs this season.

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