NFL investigating domestic violence accusation against line judge

The NFL is investigating an accusation of domestic violence against line judge Carl Johnson, who was once the league’s vice president of officiating.

“The matter is under review under of the league’s personal conduct policy,” a league spokesman said Tuesday.

All league employees are subject to discipline under the league’s domestic violence policy, which establishes a six-game suspension for a first offense. Mitigating circumstances can increase or decrease that game total.

Bolles left Sports Authority Field at Mile High after the Broncos’ 42-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday with a walking boot on his left foot/ankle and using crutches.

Bolles suffered the injury with 8 minutes, 40 seconds left in the third quarter during a 5-yard run by Jamaal Charles.

Game video showed that Cowboys defensive tackle Brian Price fell on Bolles’ leg during the play, as the Broncos were in the 13th play of a 15-play touchdown drive. Donald Stephenson initially replaced Bolles to close out the possession, but Allen Barbre finished out the remainder of the game at left tackle after the touchdown drive.

Bolles stayed down on the ground following the play as the Broncos’ medical staff examined the leg. An emotional Bolles was taken to the locker room on a cart and raised his arms to acknowledge the crowd.

Bolles was the Broncos’ first-round pick in this past April’s draft and had been working with the starters since training camp opened in July. He played every snap in the team’s opening week win over the Los Angeles Chargers and had played every snap until his injury Sunday.

The Broncos rushed for 178 yards in the game, including 118 yards rushing from C.J. Anderson.
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