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Bills rookie LB Tyrel Dodson placed on Commissioner’s Exempt List

Among the bevy of roster moves that needed to be made, the Buffalo Bills had to decide what to do with Tyrel Dodson. The Bills ended up not having to make a decision as the rookie linebacker was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List by the NFL.

In May, Dodson was arrested for domestic violence but nothing was done by the NFL at the time. Dodson denied the allegations against him and the case has been ongoing throughout training camp and the preseason.

According to the police report, Dodson was arrested after his girlfriend accused him of physically abusing her. His girlfriend said that they got into an altercation when she had gotten upset at him for vomiting on her carpet in her bedroom.

As the situation continues to evolve, the NFL found it best to place him on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. Dodson’s move to the exempt list is considered as part of the Bills’ roster moves to 53 players.

Buffalo signed Dodson as an undrafted rookie out of Texas A&M. The rookie linebacker was competing for a spot on the roster this offseason. However, his off-the-field issues have created a murky situation regarding his status.

In his final two seasons in college, Dodson combined for 174 total tackles, six sacks, and four interceptions. By being on the exempt list, Dodson is essentially on paid suspension as the league gathers more information about his arrest. In the event that the NFL gathers more information, they could discipline him in the upcoming season. Additionally, Buffalo could also decide to keep him or release him when he is taken off of the exempt list.

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