Eagles rookie Josh Sills indicted on rape and kidnapping charges

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Occasionally, there are stories that come across our radars that we regret having to publish but feel the need to do so anyway. With less than two weeks separating us from the coming Super Bowl, tragic news surfaces, and it involves a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. Rookie reserve lineman Josh Sills has been indicted on rape and kidnapping charges.

According to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and the appointed prosecutors in Ohio, the charges stem from an incident that occurred on December 5 of 2019 in Ohio’s Guernsey County. Sills was attending West Virginia University at that time and playing for the Mountaineers football program. He began playing for the Oklahoma State Cowboys after transferring during 2020’s offseason.

Here’s more on the Eagles OL Josh Sills indictment.

Officials with knowledge of the case allege that Josh Sills “engaged in sexual activity that wasn’t consensual and held the victim against her will. Prosecutors in the case state that an investigation of the charges were handled by the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office. That led to a grand jury’s decision to indict Sills on one felony count of kidnapping and one felony count of rape this week.

Sills made the Eagles’ initial active 53-man roster at the close of the preseason. At the close of the regular-season campaign, he had appeared in one game, Week 5’s win versus the Arizona Cardinals. He saw just four special teams snaps. He is 25 years of age and scheduled to appear in court on February 16th.

The Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to meet the Kansas City Chiefs on February 11th in Arizona for Super Bowl LVII. Following the news of Sills’ indictment, the Eagles released a statement.

"The organization is aware of the legal matter involving Josh Sills. We have been in communication with the league office and are in the process of gathering more information. We have no further comment at this time."

Once further information is made available, updates will be made to this story.