The NFL is currently investigating a second wave of potential gambling violations among its players, with Indianapolis Colts cornerback and kick returner Isaiah Rodgers being one of the players involved. According to SportsHandle.com, a Colts player made "hundreds" of bets, some of which were on Indianapolis. ESPN's Stephen Holder and David Purdum reported that the player in question was Rodgers, who had a sportsbook account under the name of an associate and placed most bets in the $25-50 range.
While the investigation is ongoing, Rodgers released a statement taking full responsibility for his actions and expressing his willingness to do whatever it takes to repair the situation and not be a distraction to the Colts organization, coaches, and teammates. The Colts have not yet made a comment on the situation.
NFL players are allowed to place bets on the league, but there are restrictions on betting on team or league grounds or events, while traveling on club or league business, or while making an endorsement or promotional appearance. Former Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended indefinitely in 2022 for betting on NFL games, but will play for the Jaguars in 2023. If the player did indeed place wagers on the NFL, he could receive an indefinite suspension, similar to the one received by Ridley, which can be appealed after one year.
It is unclear whether Rodgers will be suspended and for how long, but the NFL has taken a strong stance against gambling on its games and has worked to protect the integrity of the league. The league's investigation into Rodgers and other players suspected of gambling will continue and could result in further suspensions or penalties. For now, Rodgers has apologized for his actions and expressed his willingness to do what it takes to make things right.
In conclusion, the NFL is currently investigating Colts player Isaiah Rodgers for his gambling practices, including placing bets on his own team. Rodgers has taken responsibility for his actions and apologized for being a distraction to the Colts organization, coaches, and teammates. The league's investigation is ongoing and further penalties could be imposed if the allegations are proven true.