On Friday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL has finally provided some clarity on the situation surrounding Kansas City Chiefs’ second-year wide receiver Justyn Ross. The league has decided to suspend Ross for a total of six regular-season games for violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy.
Chiefs’ WR Justyn Ross, who has missed the last five games on the Commissioner Exempt List after an October incident, will be suspended six regular season games for violating the Personal Conduct Policy, per the NFL. Since any games a player misses while on the list is credited… pic.twitter.com/M5MZzU25ot— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 8, 2023
Ross was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list on October 27 after he had been arrested in Shawnee, Kansas on October 24 on two misdemeanor charges: one count of domestic battery and one count of property damage.
On November 27, we learned that the Johnson County District Attorney had agreed to a diversion that would allow Ross to avoid prosecution after meeting certain unspecified stipulations.
Ross will receive credit for the five games he was on the Exempt List. During that time, he continued to receive a paycheck, but was not allowed to participate in team activities and did not count against the team’s active roster. Ross was, however, allowed to be in the team facility and attend meetings.
After the sixth game of the suspension (Sunday’s home game against the Buffalo Bills) is behind him, Ross will be returned to the roster and be allowed to take part in team activities. But since a suspension for a Personal Conduct Policy violation must be served without pay, he will be required to return the salary he was paid during the five weeks he was on the Exempt List.
In turn, Kansas City’s salary cap space will increase by the amount of money Ross would have been paid for those six regular-season games: $250,000. We expect the Chiefs will request (and receive) a one-week roster exemption for Ross, allowing them some time to decide on a corresponding move following his return to the 53-man roster.