DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins operating again Mark Walton has been suspended 4 video games for violating the NFL conduct and substance abuse coverage.
The four-game league suspension, which is with out pay, stems from Walton’s three offseason arrests between January and March, a supply instructed ESPN.
The Dolphins have been in communication with the NFL for a number of weeks, and so they had been conscious a suspension was seemingly coming earlier than they traded Kenyan Drake to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional sixth-round choose final month.
Walton, who has been the Dolphins’ beginning operating again over the past 4 video games, shall be eligible to return on Dec. 2 following the Dolphins’ Week 13 sport towards the Philadelphia Eagles.
“The conduct of our gamers is essential and Mark has achieved all the things we have requested of him each on and off the sector since signing with the Dolphins. We look ahead to having him again on the conclusion of his suspension,” coach Brian Flores stated in a press release.
Walton is allowed to be within the facility and attend conferences throughout the suspension, however he will not apply, play or obtain his wage throughout the subsequent 4 weeks.
Miami will flip to Kalen Ballage to once more be their lead again throughout Walton’s absence. Ballage started the season because the Dolphins’ beginning operating again earlier than being pushed down the pecking order by Drake and finally Walton.
Rookie operating backs Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin will see elevated enjoying time throughout Walton’s suspension. The 2 haven’t obtained any carries up to now this season.
Walton obtained six months of non-reporting probation as a part of an August plea deal to resolve his three offseason court docket instances. Walton’s probation was later vacated after he met the court docket’s circumstances.
Walton’s lawyer, Michael Gottlieb, stated in August his consumer had essentially the most important cost of felony for carrying a hid weapon from his March arrest diminished to a second-degree misdemeanor open carry cost after pleading no contest. Walton was arrested after a automotive chase with police. The plea deal decreased the utmost of his jail sentence from 5 years to 60 days.
Walton additionally pleaded responsible to resisting arrest and reckless driving and had a misdemeanor marijuana cost dismissed in that very same March incident. As part of the deal, Walton additionally had a drug cost from a January incident and a battery cost from a February incident dismissed. He may also need to attend driving faculty after the reckless driving plea. The Cincinnati Bengals launched Walton, their 2018 fourth-round pick of the College of Miami, in April following his three arrests.
The Dolphins signed Walton in Could after a profitable rookie minicamp tryout.
Flores stated then that “folks deserve a second probability” and he would not “decide folks based mostly on one incident [or] two incidents. I feel it is a case-by-case state of affairs for a participant and simply folks generally.”
The Dolphins have praised Walton in current weeks for his efficiency on the sector, and the staff expects him to return into important motion as soon as he finishes his suspension.
Walton leads the Dolphins with 201 speeding yards on a three.eight yards per carry common. He additionally has 15 receptions for 89 yards. Ballage has 35 carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns and 4 catches for 40 yards.