- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2020

The NFL placed Washington Football Team receiver Cody Latimer on the Commissioner’s Exempt list Monday as the veteran wideout faces felony charges related to a May arrest.

The move was done a day before Latimer was expected to report for training camp, which begins Tuesday. While on the list, Latimer, 27, will not be allowed to practice or play in games for Washington. He will still be paid.

In May, Latimer was arrested on gun and assault charges after police responded to reports of gunshots at an apartment in Colorado. When police arrived, officers found three individuals inside and Latimer was the only one taken into custody. A police report says that Latimer threatened a friend with a gun and hit him with the weapon following an argument at a poker game. 

Latimer, who appeared remotely in court last week, faces eight charges, four of which are felonies (second-degree assault, two counts of menacing and one count of physically tampering with evidence). 

As per the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy, a player who is placed on the Commissioner Exempt List may not practice or attend games, but upon request and with the club’s permission may be present at the club’s facility on a reasonable basis for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation, and other permitted non-football activities,” the NFL said in a statement. 

With Latimer on leave, Washington’s receiving corps becomes even thinner. The team already lost second-year wideout Kelvin Harmon for the season when he tore his ACL in a workout last month. Latimer and Harmon were expected to compete for the starting spot opposite Terry McLaurin.

Washington signed Latimer in April. He had previously spent the last two years with the New York Giants and the first four years of his career with the Denver Broncos. 

Latimer is the only receiver on Washington’s roster who has appeared in more than 16 career games.

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