Outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo has been removed from the NFL’s Commissioner/Exempt list, according to a statement released by GM Kevin Colbert Thursday morning. With him back on the 53 man roster, the Steelers released OLB Jayrone Elliott in a corresponding move.
Colbert released the following statement regarding Chickillo.
“Anthony Chickillo has been taken off the Exempt/Commissioner’s List by the NFL Office, effective immediately. The League will continue to conduct an investigation of the incident, and we acknowledge that Anthony could still be subject to discipline by the League Office under the Personal Conduct Policy.”
Charges against Chickillo were withdrawn Wednesday. He was arrested on three charges, including simple assault, for an incident involving him and his girlfriend at Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania. As Colbert’s statement indicates, the league is still investigating and may discipline Chickillo once they conclude their findings.
While not confirmed by the team, it seems likely he will be active and play for the Steelers until the league issues any discipline. Pittsburgh hosts the Indianapolis Colts Sunday afternoon. He will return to his role as the team’s #3 outside linebacker and multi-phase special teamer. For the year, he has a pair of tackles and half a sack.
Elliott has bounced on and off the roster as a #4 linebacker and special teamer. He played one defensive snap Monday night against the Miami Dolphins.