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(NEW YORK) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on allegations of aggravated assault for two separate incidents — involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child — that occurred at his home in July, according to the Phoenix police department.

Dwyer was booked on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.  He was released Thursday morning after posting the $25,000 bond.

The Cardinals said in a news release that Dwyer has been deactivated from all team activities.

The NFL said Dwyer’s arrest will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy.

Meanwhile, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy agreed to be placed on the NFL’s exempt list Wednesday. He will continued to be paid his guaranteed salary of $13.1 million and will be allowed to be at the team facility.

Hardy is awaiting a new trial in North Carolina after appealing a guilty verdict from July on two domestic violence charges.

“I understand that I need to step away from football right now and take care of this legal matter,” Hardy said in a statement. “I am entitled to my day in court and that’s where my focus should be.”

Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers appear to be sticking with their decision to allow defensive end Ray McDonald to practice and play while he is under investigation for domestic violence.

McDonald was arrested on Aug. 31, but has not yet been charged.

In Chicago, the father of a woman who once dated Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall when he was with the Denver Broncos called for Roger Goodell to resign Wednesday because he’s disappointed in the way his daughter’s abuse allegations were handled.

Clarence Watley spoke at a news conference arranged by attorney Gloria Allred and said his daughter, Rasheedah Watley, was abused by Marshall. Watley said he and others wrote to Goodell about his daughter’s case and never heard back. Allred is not representing Watley or his daughter.

The Broncos issued a statement saying, “This issue from more than seven years ago involving a former player was taken very seriously by our organization, which firmly believes that violence of any type against women is wrong.”

The NFL issued a statement saying, “There were several incidents that resulted in no charges being filed. Nevertheless, due to the pattern of conduct, the NFL took disciplinary action in 2008.”

Marshall was suspended for three games, but the suspension was reduced to one game. He has denied the allegations and was never convicted.

And yet another NFL sponsor has chimed in on the current state of the league.  Indra Nooyi, the chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, released a statement saying that as “a mother, a wife, and a passionate football fan…I am deeply disturbed that the repugnant behavior of a few players and the NFL’s acknowledged mishandling of these issues, is casting a cloud over the integrity of the league and the reputations of the majority of players who’ve dedicated their lives to a career they love.”

Nooyi said when it comes to child abuse and domestic violence, “there is no middle ground. The behaviors are disgusting, absolutely unacceptable, and completely fly in the face of the values we at PepsiCo believe in and cherish.”

The PepsiCo exec noted her company’s “long-standing partnership” with the NFL, and expressed confidence that [Commissioner] Roger Goodell “will do the right thing for the league in light of the serious issues it is facing.”

Nooyi concluded her statement by saying the league has an opportunity to “effect positive change.”

“I urge them to seize this moment. How they handle these cases going forward can help shape how we, as a nation, as a society, and as individuals treat domestic violence and child abuse,” Nooyi wrote.

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