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NFL Indefinitely Suspends Former Penn State Defensive Lineman Shaka Toney For Gambling

Washington Commanders defensive lineman Shaka Toney was indefinitely suspended by the NFL for gambling, as announced by the league Tuesday morning.

Under league rules, the earliest Toney will be eligible to apply for reinstatement is at the conclusion of the 2023 season.

Toney was suspended alongside Quintez Cephus, CJ Moore, Stanley Berryhill, and Jameson Williams, all of whom play for the Detroit Lions. Cephus and Moore received indefinite suspensions, while Berryhill and Williams received just six games.

Toney and the other two indefinitely suspended players reportedly placed bets on NFL games, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Berryhill and Williams’ lighter penalty is a result of improperly gambling on college games, as reported by Rapoport.

Players are currently prohibited from betting on NFL games, and a precedent for indefinite suspension was recently set with last season’s punishment against Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley.

“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 league’s release read. “A league review uncovered no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way.”

Toney was drafted in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Commanders after a five-year career in Happy Valley. In his professional career, Toney has appeared in 26 games, as well as started one during his rookie season.

With the Nittany Lions, Toney was responsible for 111 tackles, 20.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles through his 47 appearances.

Toney’s strongest campaigns came in 2019 and 2020, where he earned second-team and first-team All Big Ten honors, respectively. Between the two years, he racked up 71 tackles and 11.5 sacks.

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