Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Eagles have reinstated defensive tackle Josh Sills to the active roster after he was acquitted of rape and kidnapping charges in Ohio.
Sills was accused of raping and kidnapping a woman in 2021. He was arrested and charged with rape, kidnapping, and felonious assault. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
A jury acquitted Sills of all charges on July 28, 2023.
The Eagles placed Sills on the Commissioner’s Exempt List on August 2, 2021, shortly after he was arrested. He was reinstated to the active roster on August 5, 2023.
“We are pleased that the jury found Josh not guilty of these charges,” said Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni. “We have always believed in Josh and his character, and we are glad that he can now focus on football.”
Sills was a fifth-round pick by the Eagles in the 2021 NFL Draft. He played in 10 games as a rookie, recording 10 tackles.
The Eagles are currently in training camp, preparing for the 2023 season. Sills is expected to be a member of the Eagles defensive line rotation.
Here are some additional details about the case:
- The woman who accused Sills of rape and kidnapping said that she met him at a bar in Ohio in 2021. She said that he invited her back to his apartment, where he raped and kidnapped her.
- Sills denied the allegations, saying that the sex was consensual.
- The jury deliberated for about two days before finding Sills not guilty of all charges.
The acquittal is a major victory for Sills and his family. It also vindicates the Eagles, who stood by Sills throughout the legal process.
Sills is now free to focus on football. He will be a valuable member of the Eagles’ defensive line rotation in 2023.