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Chiefs Cut former Steelers DT after Domestic Violence Arrest

The Kansas City Chiefs have released former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs after his domestic violence arrest.



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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Isaiah Buggs (96) participates in the Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Thursday June 10, 2021 at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. (Caitlyn Epes / Pittsburgh Steelers)

Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs has been released by the Kansas City Chiefs after he was arrested and charged with domestic violence burglary earlier this month, according to a report by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Buggs now has two pending charges in Alabama. He was first arrested and charged with animal cruelty and faces two misdemeanors in that incident. Then on June 16, Buggs was arrested again and charged with domestic violence burglary. As a result of the multiple pending charges against him, his bail has been revoked, according to Pelissero.

Buggs has been charged with domestic violence burglary in the second degree, a Class B felony. Domestic violence burglary is described as when someone commits the crime of burglary and the victim is a current or former spouse, parent, child or other household relationship. In addition to potential fines and jail time, he could also face an NFL suspension after being charged with domestic violence.

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Isaiah Buggs

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sept. 19, 2021. — Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Buggs was the sixth-round draft pick of the Steelers win the 2019 NFL Draft and he spent three seasons with the team before being released on Jan. 8, 2022.

Buggs joined the Las Vegas Raiders practice squad and then spent two seasons with the Detroit Lions before he was unexpectedly released on Jan. 2. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad and earned a Super Bowl ring when Kansas City won Super Bowl LVIII this February. Buggs re-signed with the Chiefs for 2024.

Over five seasons, Buggs has played in 56 NFL games and recorded 89 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, 12 quarterback hits, four passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

A Ruston, Louisiana native, he first attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College before transferring to Alabama, where he played for current Steelers defensive line coach Karl Dunbar.