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Dolphins RB Walton facing potential NFL suspension?

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Dolphins Running Back Mark Walton did not report practice today, but he did report to court to resolve multiple charges from arrests earlier this year. According to Miami-Dade court records, Walton received six months of non-reporting probation Monday as part of a plea deal to resolve his three offseason court cases.

For Walton, the plea deal means he wont have to spend any time in jail for any of his alleged crimes, but we don’t yet know how it will affect his eligibility in the League?

Technically, a player on probation can still be eligible to play regular season games, but in similar previous cases, players have been suspended for one or multiple games due to the NFL personal conduct policy.

The document writes:
“It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL, and is lawful.

Players convicted of a crime or subject to a disposition of a criminal proceeding (as defined in this Policy) are subject to discipline. But even if the conduct does not result in a criminal conviction, players found to have engaged in any of the following conduct will be subject to discipline.”

Walton will still be eligible to play on Thursday night, in the Dolphins final preseason game against the Jaguars. But, depending on how quickly NFL officials come up with a suspension, it’s likely that he won’t be starting the regular season with the team.

Walton had five carries for 8 yards and one catch for 12 yards in Friday night’s preseason game against the Bucs. He’s currently battling with presumptive starter Kenyan Drake and fellow second year back, Kalen Ballage for playing time in the Miami backfield.

The Dolphins picked Walton up back in May, after the Bengals released him following his third arrest.

We wrote then, Walton’s most recent troubles involved a police chase after authorities in Dade County caught him weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed earlier in March. They eventually chased Walton and discharged a taser.

However, Walton, according to the police report, removed the prongs and continued to run. Miami police found a small amount of marijuana and a legally purchased rifle in his abandoned vehicle.

As we had also written in February, he allegedly got into the dispute with a woman that he did not know at his condo building, and was arrested by the Miami Police Department. The incident occurred in a parking garage after Walton became angry in a dispute about Walton’s car blocking the entrance.

When the woman apparently attempted to record Walton, he threatened her for using her cell phone. Walton grabbed the phone and struggled with the woman who was trying to get it back. Walton was taken into custody on a charge of battery.

The former Miami Hurricane was a 4th round pick of the Bengals a year ago who was active for 14 games but only carried the ball 14 times on the season for just 34 yards. He had an additional five catches for 41 yards on the year.

Abbey is a native Floridan who grew up a fan of all Tampa Bay sports teams. She’s recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media Communication Studies. In her time at FSU, she was an In-Game Host for the Basketball and Baseball teams, and reported for Seminole Sports Magazine, producing feature stories that appeared on Fox Sports Sun. She’s excited to share her perspective on all of Florida’s Football teams, especially the Seminoles.

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Dolphins place two more veteran defenders on IR

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With the Dolphins now 2-8, it appears they will be in full “tank mode” for the remaining six games. And that includes, putting two veteran defensive backs on injured reserve Wednesday morning.

Miami announced corner Bobby McCain and safety Reshad Jones both have played their final games in 2019:

McCain suffered further injury to an already ailing shoulder in Sunday’s 37 – 20 loss to the Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. He has played in nine games this year registering 26 tackles with two ints and three other pass breakups.

As for Jones, there had been great debate that the Dolphins would release or trade him in the offseason to save on the salary cap, just as they did with numerous other veteran starters. However, he started the season but was injured right away in the opener with Baltimore. Jones also has been battling shoulder and other injuries and only has played four games the entire year.

Sunday was the first time that Jones had played in a month, as he started and had six tackles, but the team and coach Brian Flores decided to shut his season down as well.

You combine this news with the fact that Miami had already placed Pro Bowl safety Xavien Howard on injured reserve a few weeks back, and it’s obvious the Dolphins are looking ahead to next year and are prepared to lose out for a better draft position.

In an interesting corresponding move to McCain and Jones going on injured reserve, Miami announced that they will be promoting former Hurricanes DT Gerald Willis off of their practice squad to the active roster. Willis, who was an all-ACC first team selection last year, who led the conference with 18 tackles for loss. However, he went undrafted, but was in Ravens training camp before being released on the final cutdown. Miami has had him on the practice squad for several weeks.

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Dolphins release already suspended RB Walton after latest arrest

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The Miami Dolphins already knew the risks they were talking by signing Mark Walton this offseason after he had already been arrested three times. Now, suspended by the NFL Walton was arrested again Tuesday and his Dolphin career is subsequently over.

The Dolphins released a statement late morning Tuesday confirming that Walton is gone:

This comes on the heels of a report that Walton assaulted his pregnant girlfriend punching her numerous times and being taken into custody early Tuesday morning.

Walton was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals a year ago out of the University of Miami, but was released after being arrested three times since January, including once for assault charges.

As we had written in February, he allegedly got into the dispute with a woman that he did not know at his condo building, and was arrested by the Miami Police Department. The incident occurred in a parking garage after Walton became angry in a dispute about Walton’s car blocking the entrance.

When the woman apparently attempted to record Walton, he threatened her for using her cell phone. Walton grabbed the phone and struggled with the woman who was trying to get it back. Walton was taken into custody on a charge of battery.

Walton had worked his way into the starting lineup for first-year coach Brian Flores and offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea. However, after carrying the ball at least 10 times in three straight games, but for fewer than 70 yards in all three, he was given the four game ban.

Making all of this worse, Miami parted with former starter Kenyan Drake in a trade with Arizona just before the deadline. Drake has actually had three productive games with his new team the Cardinals, while the Dolphins run game continues to languish.

With Walton suspended by the NFL for four games, two weeks ago, Miami 2-8, has turned a second year running back Kalen Ballage. But, Ballage carried nine times for only nine yards in Sundays defeat against the Buffalo Bills.

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