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LeSean McCoy: What NFL personal conduct policy could mean for Harrisburg native after domestic abuse allegations

LeSean McCoy hasn't been charged with a crime after accusations of domestic abuse , among other things, surfaced on Instagram on Tuesday morning, but that doesn't mean the Harrisburg native and Buffalo Bills running back might not run afoul of the NFL personal conduct policy.

Police in Georgia are investigating a "targeted" home invasion at McCoy's Atlanta-area residence where emergency personnel responded "in reference to a female who was assaulted, hit in the head and locked in the bathroom," according to TMZ .

Here is what we know so far about the incident.

'Targeted' attack at LeSean McCoy's Georgia home, police say: What we know so far

But even if charges are not brought against McCoy, he can still be punished under the NFL's personal conduct policy, which can be read here .

"In cases where a player is not charged with a crime, or is charged but not convicted, he may still be found to have violated the Policy if the credible evidence establishes that he engaged in conduct prohibited by this Personal Conduct Policy," the policy states.

The NFL revised its personal conduct policy in 2016 to create stiffer penalties for domestic violence after a string of high-profile cases, including the 2014 incident with former Ravens running back Ray Rice.

According to the policy, incidents involving criminal assault or battery, domestic or dating violence, child abuse, other forms of family violence and sexual assault receive a "baseline suspension" of six games, though that number can be increased given "aggravating or mitigating factors."

A second offense would result in a ban from the NFL, though a banned player could petition for reinstatement after one season.

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The NFL can conduct investigations into accusations independent of local law enforcement. Columbus police did not charge Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott after he was accused of domestic violence in July 2016, but the NFL concluded it had evidence Elliott harmed his ex-girlfriend and issued a six-game suspension. After a lengthy legal battle, the suspension was upheld , and Elliott served it last season.

Last month, the NFL suspended Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston three games after he was accused of groping an Uber driver in March 2016. The incident appeared to fall under the criteria for a six-game suspension -- the policy lists "assault and/or battery, including sexual assault or other sex offenses" under "prohibited conduct" -- or perhaps more, but Winston received and accepted half of the baseline.

Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times reported "Winston's suspension could be increased if he fails to meet certain undisclosed requirements expected to be imposed by the NFL," and ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio writes that it appears Winston and the NFL could have struck a deal.

"That feels like the kind of term that would be added to a negotiated compromise aimed at wrapping things up easily, while also making it even easier to whack him with another penalty if he runs afoul of the NFL's expectations," Florio writes of Stroud's report.

Winston was not charged with a crime, and the incident did not become public until the accuser spoke to BuzzFeed News last fall. Here is more reporting from ESPN on the NFL investigation into the Winston incident.

So while there is a baseline punishment in domestic violence cases, it appears to be malleable, depending on the circumstances.

The accusations against McCoy appear to fall underneath the umbrella of the personal conduct policy, and he could face a punishment, pending the outcome of an NFL investigation, even if police in Milton (Ga.) do not file charges against him.

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