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NFL has no plans to suspend LeSean McCoy over Philadelphia bar fight

The other shoe apparently has dropped in the uncertainty over whether running back LeSean McCoy would be available to the Buffalo Bills for the entire 2016 NFL season.

The league does not plan to suspend McCoy for the running back’s involvement in a Philadelphia nightclub brawl on Feb. 7, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Although Rapoport tweeted that the NFL is still investigating the incident and that the Bills had braced for some sort of suspension for McCoy, the player will avoid league punishment because of a “lack of evidence in his altercation.”

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced last week that, due to a lack of evidence, no charges would be filed against McCoy or anyone else involved in the fight that left two-off duty Philadelphia police officers hospitalized.

Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced last Monday that there was “insufficient evidence” to charge anyone involved in the fight at Recess Lounge in the early morning hours of Feb. 7.

Williams confirmed that at about 2:45 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, a fight broke out inside the club over ownership of a bottle of champagne.

“While it is clear that a physical altercation took place and several people were injured, there is insufficient credible evidence to determine which of the participants was the initial aggressor, or whether some participants were acting in self defense or in the reasonable defense of another,” Williams said.

The officers who were injured, Darnell Jessie and Roland Butler, gave conflicting reports of how the fight started, Williams said. Both also declined to press charges that night when asked by uniformed officers outside the club if they wished to do so, and declined medical attention at the scene.

Instead, they drove themselves to separate hospitals, with Jessie getting stitches above his left eye and being treated for a possible skull fracture. Butler, meanwhile, suffered broken ribs, a broken nose, and a sprained thumb.

Because an arrest was not made immediately following the altercation, the Philadelphia DA’s Office was required to perform its own investigation before an arrest warrant could be approved.

Because Jessie and Butler had differing accounts on how the fight started, it would have been difficult for the prosecution to prove that those being investigated were not acting either in self-defense or the defense of others.

McCoy spent the first six years of his career in Philadelphia before being traded to the Bills a year ago. He made the Pro Bowl in his first season in Buffalo despite missing four games because of injuries, finishing with 1,187 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns.

News sports reporter Jay Skurski contributed to this report. email: vcarucci@buffnews.com

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