Eagles player Josh Sills indicted on rape, kidnapping charges

The rookie American football player will not be playing in the upcoming Super Bowl game.

 Eagles Offensive Lineman Josh Sills (photo credit: WIKIMEDIA)
Eagles Offensive Lineman Josh Sills
(photo credit: WIKIMEDIA)

Philadelphia Eagles rookie offensive lineman Josh Sills has been indicted on one count of rape and one count of kidnapping in Ohio.

"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," the Eagles said in a statement.

A grand jury in Guernsey County brought the action against Sills, 25, in connection with a 2019 case.

Past comes back to haunt him

A Wednesday news release from the office of Ohio attorney general Dave Yost said a woman alleged that in December 2019, Sills forced her take part in non-consensual sexual activity and held her against her will. The incident was reported immediately to the Guernsey County Sheriff's office, which launched a "detailed investigation," per the release.

The case is being prosecuted by the Ohio attorney general's special prosecutions section.

 Eagles Offensive Lineman Josh Sills (credit: WIKIMEDIA) Eagles Offensive Lineman Josh Sills (credit: WIKIMEDIA)

Stills was issued a summons to appear in a Guernsey County courtroom on Feb. 16 -- four days after the Eagles meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Ariz.

Sills played collegiately at West Virginia before transferring to Oklahoma State, where he was a team captain and first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2021. He was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2022.

An Ohio native, Sills saw limited action with the Eagles. He appeared in one game -- a 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 9 -- and played four snaps on special teams.