PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo has been placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, the team announced on Wednesday.
Chickillo was arrested over the weekend after an alleged incident with his girlfriend at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Fayette County.
The NFL’s commissioners exempt list will allow Chickillo to continue to collect his salary, but he cannot participate in team practices or games. He also does not count against the 53-man roster limit.
The decision to place a player on the list resides solely with the office of the commissioner and he can stay on the list for as long as Roger Goodell and his staff deem necessary.
The NFL is conducting an investigation into the incident, along with law enforcement. The Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said on Tuesday that the team will wait until both of those investigations close until taking their own action.
Chickillo has been charged with simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment. He has a preliminary hearing on Oct. 30.
The Steelers signed linebacker Jay Elliott to take Chickillo’s place.