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May 26, 2023 | 2:37 p.m

The NFL has launched an investigation into a fifth Lions player for possible violations of the league’s gambling policy, according to The Athletic.

The undisclosed player — who has not yet been interviewed by a league investigator — was not a “prominent member of the 2022 team” in the broadcast.

In April, the NFL suspended four Detroit players for betting on games last season.

Receivers Jameson Williams and Stanley Berryhill received six-game suspensions for betting on non-NFL games while at the team’s facility.

Berryhill was released on May 9.

Safety C.J. Moore and wide receiver Quintez Cephus have been banned indefinitely from betting on NFL games, meaning they will miss at least the 2023 season.

The NFL has launched an investigation into a fifth Lions player suspected of sports gambling.
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Chiefs defensive lineman Shaka Toney was among those suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games.

On Thursday, Williams addressed the suspension and said he didn’t realize it violated NFL policy, saying, “It caught me off guard.”

“He hit me out of the blue and hit other players around the league and on my team out of the blue,” Williams told reporters. “I was not aware of this situation, but as it happened, as I said, I took it on the chin. As things went, I was ready to move forward. I got the result. That was my plan, just to move on from things and see better days.

Jameson Williams explained that he did not realize he was violating NFL policy while gambling on sports.

Detroit’s first-round pick in the 2021 draft didn’t give any details about his betting habits, but said he doesn’t have “repetitive gambling.”

Not surprisingly, another player is being investigated. That’s because the league is reportedly investigating “a second wave of potential gambling policy violations,” according to ESPN.

Williams was one of the players to be hit with a betting ban following then-Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley’s one-year ban.

Lions coach Dan Campbell may have more trouble churning through an already depleted roster.
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Ridley was traded to the Jaguars in the 2022 season for $1,500 in 2021 bets that included the Falcons and returned to play in 2023.

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