The NFL suspended Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Tyrel Dodson six games without pay for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, it was announced Thursday.

The suspension begins immediately for Dodson, who had been on the commissioner's exempt list since rosters were cut to 53 players before the season-opening weekend.

The Bills signed Dodson as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M. He played in all four preseason games and made 19 tackles.

Dodson was arrested on three misdemeanor charges in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a fight with his girlfriend on May 25. He was charged with assault/domestic violence, disorderly conduct and damage to property of less than $2,000.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Dodson reached a deal to plead guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Dodson is eligible to return to the Bills on Oct. 28.

The Bills will play the New York Giants on Sunday.

--Field Level Media

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