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Chris Culliver suspended for Washington-Rams

Former 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver pled guilty to his hit-and-run case, and now will sit out a one-game suspension. We break down the latest news.

This is old news at this point, but I forgot to get something on it amidst my travels back to San Francisco. Former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is suspended for Washington's Week 2 game against the St. Louis Rams for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. This stemmed from his arrest last year for a hit-and-run charge in which Culliver was also charged with felony possession of brass knuckles.

The felony brass knuckles charge was eventually reduced to a misdemeanor charge. It appears to case wrapped up in September with a guilty plea to two misdemeanor charges. The NFL acted fairly swiftly once the court case was resolved. He will be next week when Washington travels to face the New York Giants.

The NFL's personal conduct policy has always been a difficult one to figure out with regard to range of punishments. However, one thing I have noticed is that the league has generally waited for the legal process to wrap before imposing their punishment. Fullback Bruce Miller pled no contest to a misdemeanor disturbing the peace charge. He is required to attend a 16-week domestic violence counseling course, after which he will be formally sentenced. It sounds like his sentencing will take place in November or December. That would seem to indicate the NFL will not impose punishment before then, particularly since they have not punished him yet.