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Colts Waive Two Following Indefinite Gambling Suspensions

The NFL announced that Indianapolis Colts players Isaiah Rodgers Sr. and Rashod Berry have been suspended indefinitely and for at least the 2023 season, which led to the team waiving both players.
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After a month full of speculation, the NFL finally announced punishment for Indianapolis Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers Sr. for his infractions involving sports betting, and he wasn't the only player from his team (or the NFL) to be handed a suspension, as the team subsequently waived both Rodgers and Rashod Berry.

On Thursday, the NFL made the following announcement involving Rodgers and teammate Rashod Berry:

Isaiah Rodgers and Rashod Berry of the Indianapolis Colts and free agent Demetrius Taylor are suspended indefinitely through at least the conclusion of the 2023 season for betting on NFL games in the 2022 season. These players may petition for reinstatement at the conclusion of the 2023 season.

Nicholas Petit-Frere of the Tennessee Titans is suspended for the team’s first six regular season games of the 2023 season for betting on non-NFL sports at the club facility. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason activities, including preseason games.

The gambling policy, which is annually reviewed with all NFL personnel, including players, prohibits anyone in the NFL from engaging in any form of gambling in any club or league facility or venue, including the practice facility. 

The Colts released the below statement from general manager Chris Ballard:

“We have made the following roster moves as a consequence of the determination that these players violated the league’s gambling policy. The integrity of the game is of the utmost importance. As an organization we will continue to educate our players, coaches, and staff on the policies in place and the significant consequences that may occur with violations.”

On June 5, it was revealed that Rodgers was being investigated by the NFL for placing bets on NFL games, including the Colts, and from team facilities - all of which violate the NFL's policies.

Rodgers was in line to see his biggest role yet with the Colts on defense, likely grabbing a starting outside cornerback spot after the team traded Stephon Gilmore during the offseason. Berry was a newcomer to the Colts, signed as a free agent this offseason. He was expected to compete for a depth role as a pass rusher.

Both players must now wait out 2023 and apply for reinstatement following the season, but their time with the Colts is now done.

This is the latest wave of players being punished for betting, as several players over the last few years have seen a similar fate, handed suspensions ranging from six games to indefinite lengths.

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