Former Falcons linebacker Michael Boley's career with the New York Giants has gotten off to a rocky start.
After signing with the Giants as a free agent in February, the former Falcons starter suffered a severe hip injury in June and was recently suspended for one game for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy.
Boley was arrested and charged with battery when his wife alleged that he became physical with her in May 2008. The suspension is for that incident.
The Falcons had no comment on Boley's status, according to Reggie Roberts, the team's vice president of communications.
Boley, who recently underwent hip surgery and is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks, was drafted by the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL draft. He started 52 of 64 games, but last season he fell out of favor with the new coaching staff and was benched in favor of Coy Wire in running situations late in the season.
Before the battery case, the Falcons were negotiating a long-term contract extension, but instead, Boley signed a lucrative five-year, $25 million contract with the Giants.
Boley's arrest came at a time when the Falcons were stressing the importance of character among their players in light of Michael Vick's federal dogfighting conviction.