DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins have refrained from running back Mark Walton after they became aware of a police matter regarding the second-year player this morning.
Walton, 22, was through two games of a four-game league suspension for violating NFL behavior and abuse policies relating to his three-season arrests between January and March. He was released by the Cincinnati Bengals after those events and the Miami Dolphins gave him another chance to sign him in May.
The Dolphins originally expected Walton back after serving his suspension, but they immediately released him after his recent incident with the police, details of which are not yet known.
"We hold our players to a high standard and take these issues very seriously. We will not have any further comment at the moment," Director General Chris Grier said in a statement.
The Dolphins are now probably in the market for a new lead starting back in 2020. Kalen Ballage has assumed that role in Walton's absence with little success, averaging only 1.9 meters per berry. Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin have had limited rehearsals behind Ballage. The trio along with De & # 39; Lance Turner will carry the load the rest of the season.
Walton, a fourth-round pick in 2018 from the University of Miami, leads the Dolphins with 201 rushing yards of 3.8 yards per carry average. He also has 15 receptions of 89 yards. The league allowed Walton to be at the team facility and attend meetings during his no-salary suspension.
Walton received six months of probation without notification as part of an August review agreement to resolve his three court cases. Walton's testament was later filed after he met the court's terms. Walton's attorney, Michael Gottlieb, said in August that his client had his main charge of felony for carrying a concealed weapon from his March arrest reduced to a second-degree misdemeanor conviction after pleading for a contest. Walton was arrested after a car chase with police. The plea agreement reduced the maximum sentence in prison from five years to 60 days.
Walton also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and reckless driving and was granted a marijuana indulgence in the same March incident. As part of the deal, Walton also had a drug charge from a January incident and a battery charge from a February incident was dismissed. Walton also had to attend driving school after the reckless driving force.