Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver has been suspended from the team following five charges after an alleged hit-and-run incident in March 2014.
The NFL did not give a reason for Culliver's suspension, but in June the cornerback pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors after an alleged hit-and-run incident in March 2014 in San Jose, Calif.
Culliver allegedly hit a cyclist and fled the scene. He was booked in jail and faced charges of possession of brass knuckles, misdemeanor hit and run as well as misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. Culliver allegedly used the brass knuckles to threaten a bystander.
His guilty plea effectively resolved the case. Culliver was sentenced to two years of probation and 40 hours of community service, and he was ordered to pay restitution to victims.
The league issued the following statement through the team regarding Culliver:
“Chris Culliver of the Washington Redskins has been suspended without pay for the team's next game for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. Culliver's suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Redskins' active roster on Monday, Sept. 21 following the team's Sept. 20 game against the St. Louis Rams.”
Culliver was a third-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2011 and played his first four seasons with the team. Last season, he had four interceptions, 45 combined tackles and one forced fumble.
In 46 games with the 49ers, Culliver had seven interceptions. He missed the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL.
Culliver signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Redskins in March.
- Christopher Chavez