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Former Penn State Football Defensive End Shaka Toney Released By Washington Commanders

Former Penn State football player Shaka Toney has been released by the Washington Commanders, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. The move came just four days after Toney was reinstated by the NFL after being suspended indefinitely for gambling.

Toney, who last played for Penn State in 2020, was suspended indefinitely in April of 2023, along with two other players, Quintez Cephus and C.J. Moore, for placing gambling bets on NFL games.

After being suspended for the entire 2023 NFL season, Toney was reinstated by the NFL on Thursday. He was then eligible to begin participating in offseason activities with the Commanders and was initially the only player not released after the league’s decision. Toney is now an unrestricted free agent, eligible to sign with any team he may choose.

In the NFL, Toney has played in 26 games and has recorded 1.5 sacks and 16 tackles. With Penn State, Toney appeared in 47 games, recording 115 total tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss, 20.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles.

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Matt is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in sports studies from Bensalem, Pa. Matt is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and an overall sports fan in general. When not watching sports, you'll find him taking down any Dollar Dog challenge or rewatching the Big Ten Maps Commercial. To reach him, follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @matt_brown63, or email him at [email protected].

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