New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley has been suspended without pay for the 2009 season opener for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy, the league announced Tuesday.
Boley was arrested in May of 2008 and charged with battery on his wife, Chantelle, after she accused him of becoming "too physical" after an argument. Boley was with the Atlanta Falcons at the time.
Boley, who signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Giants on the first day of free agency, was expected to become the team's starting weakside linebacker, but he underwent hip surgery to repair a torn labrum last month. With a recovery time of 8 to 10 weeks, Boley is expected to miss most of training camp.
A fifth-round draft pick by the Falcons in 2005, Boley started 53 of 64 games during his four seasons in Atlanta. He had 330 tackles, six sacks, five interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 25 passes defended.
Last season, Boley started 12 regular-season games and the Falcons' NFC Wild-Card Game at Arizona. He finished the season with 73 tackles and one interception.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.