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NFL champs lose Bradham one game, Colts’ Turbin out four

Nigel Bradham of the Philadelphia Eagles recovers a fumble for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the second half at AT&T Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Arlington, Texas
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New York (AFP) – Super Bowl champion linebacker Nigel Bradham of the Philadelphia Eagles has been suspended one game by the NFL for a 2016 incident that violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

Bradham will miss September’s opening game of the NFL schedule when the Eagles entertain Atlanta.

The linebacker signed a five-year deal worth $40 million three months ago to stay with the Eagles.

Bradham was arrested by Miami Beach police on suspicion of battery and aggravated assault and a deferred prosecution program was completed in January.

“I would like to apologize to my fans, coaches, teammates and the entire Eagles organization for the 1 game suspension,” Bradham tweeted. “I look forward to giving it my all this season and helping the team win another Championship.”

The Eagles said in a statement they were disappointed with Bradham’s conduct and respected the league’s decision.

“Nigel has taken responsibility and expressed to us through his words and actions that he has learned from his mistake,” the statement said. “We will continue to be supportive of him throughout this process.”

The NFL also banned Indianapolis Colts running back Robert Turbin four games for violating NFL performance-enhancing substances rules.

Turbin, 28, appeared in six games last season, running for 53 yards and a touchdown but was expected to see more action after the Colts parted ways with former top rusher Frank Gore.

“Unfortunately, I have made a mistake, a mistake that will not only have personal consequences but will affect the Colts organization. For that, I’m truly sorry,” Turbin said in a statement.

Turbin will miss games against the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, Eagles and Houston Texans and return ahead of the Colts’ game against Indianapolis on October 4.

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