Eagles player indicted on rape, kidnapping charges in Ohio

Eagles lineman indicted on rape, kidnapping charges in Ohio
Published: Feb. 1, 2023 at 11:26 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2023 at 4:16 PM EST
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GUERNSEY COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX/Gray News) - A Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman has been indicted on rape and kidnapping charges days before the team is set to appear in Super Bowl LVII.

Joshua Sills, a 25-year-old rookie for the NFC champions, is facing felony charges for a crime that allegedly happened on Dec. 5, 2019, according to a news release from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

The alleged crime was reported right away and the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office “conducted a detailed investigation,” Yost stated.

The case was presented to the grand jury and is being prosecuted by the special prosecutions section of the Attorney General’s Office.

Sills was issued a summons to appear in Guernsey County court Feb. 16, four days after his team’s Super Bowl appearance, according to Yost.

After news of the indictment broke early Wednesday, Sills was placed on the Commissioner Exempt List, according to ESPN’s Eagles reporter Tim McManus. He is not allowed to participate in practices and games or travel with the team while on the Commissioner Exempt List, McManus reported.

Sills is a Sarahsville, Ohio, native who played college football at Oklahoma State.

He signed with Philadelphia in 2022 as an undrafted free agent and is listed as the Eagles’ second-string right guard.