The NFL has suspended Junior Galette for two games due to his January arrest for simple battery related to domestic violence, Washington coach Jay Gruden confirmed on Monday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news first.
Galette, who signed with Washington after the Saints released him in July, is sitting out this season due to a torn Achilles tendon, but the pass rusher can still serve his suspension.
An injured player still receives game checks, so Galette’s suspenson will cost him two game checks even though he cannot play.
Galette was arrested in January after an altercation with a woman at his Kenner home.
Kenner officials later dropped the charges, citing a law that requires two people to live together to pursue a domestic violence charge, and no other charges were filed. A subsequent civil suit alleging that Galette trapped the woman in an abusive relationship was dismissed in August.
Galette was also allegedly depicted in a video the Saints submitted to the NFL of a 2013 Miami Beach altercation that shows a man wearing a white shirt, white shorts, white shoes and sunglasses can be seen in the video striking two people, including a woman, multiple times with a belt, then returning to the fight later and throwing several more punches.
A photo was later provided to The Advocate from Galette’s deleted Instagram that showed Galette and four friends on a beach wearing similar clothing to the men in the video.
Galette’s off-field issues led to his release from the Saints.