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Former Penn State Football Player Shaka Toney Reinstated By NFL After Gambling Suspension

Former Penn State defensive lineman Shaka Toney has been reinstated to the NFL, the league announced Thursday afternoon, after previously being suspended by the league over gambling.

Last April, Toney, as well as two other NFL players Quintez Cephus and C.J. Moore, were handed indefinite suspensions for placing bets on NFL games. Two other players, Demetrius Taylor and Rashod Berry were reinstated Thursday, after being suspended for similar charges.

The NFL has maintained its punishment for players betting on NFL games, as multiple players who have bet on games in the past number of years have been suspended indefinitely.

Toney was the only player of the group reinstated Thursday who was not released from their team following the announcement of the suspension. He is now eligible to begin participating in offseason activities with the Washington Commanders.

During his time with Penn State, Toney racked up an impressive 20.5 sacks, 111 tackles, and four forced fumbles throughout his 47 appearances. His senior year was one of his most notable seasons with the Nittany Lions, as his 31 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, and team-leading five sacks helped him earn First Team All-Big Ten honors.

After five years in Happy Valley, Toney declared for the 2021 NFL draft, in which he was drafted in the seventh round, 246th overall by the Washington Commanders.

Since joining the NFL, Toney has played in 26 games, recording 1.5 sacks and 16 tackles. Toney has two years remaining on his rookie contract.

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