Dolphins RB Mark Walton Suspended Four Games For Three Offseason Arrests
For the past several weeks, the Miami Dolphins have been in communication with the NFL regarding an imminent suspension coming to their Running Back, Mark Walton. The reason, violating the NFL’s conduct and substance abuse policy.
Dolphins Already Knew The Details Beforehand
The Dolphins knew about this even before they traded Kenyan Drake to the Arizona Cardinals. Walton has now been suspended for four games and will be eligible to return Dec. 2 following the team’s Week 13 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
What Does The Suspension Mean?
During his suspension, Walton is not allowed to practice, play, or receive his salary. However, he is allowed to be in the facility and attend meetings.
He has stated that he takes “full responsibility for his actions” and is thankful to the team for giving him an opportunity. Hopefully, he will make the most out of it, as he himself has declared.
Who Will Replace Walton?
Meanwhile, the Dolphins will turn to Kalen Ballage to again be their lead back during Walton’s absence. Kalen was the Dolphins’ starting running back at the start of the season, but was pushed down the pecking order by Drake and eventually Walton.
Details Surrounding Walton’s Suspension
Walton had his most significant charge of a felony for carrying a concealed weapon from his March arrest reduced to a second-degree misdemeanor open-carry charge. This came from his attorney, Michael Gottlieb, after pleading no contest.
He was also arrested after a car chase with police and had his jail sentence reduced from five years to 60 days thanks to a plea deal.
Other offenses that involved Walton include:
- Resisting arrest and reckless driving – he pleaded guilty.
- Misdemeanor marijuana charge – dismissed.
- Drug charge – dismissed.
- Battery charge – dismissed.
Team And Coach Support
Coach Brian Flores supports Walton and stated that,
“The conduct of our players is very important and Mark has done everything we’ve asked of him both on and off the field since signing with the Dolphins. We look forward to having him back at the conclusion of his suspension.”
This chance at redemption for Walton comes complemented by the team’s praise for his performance on the field in recent weeks. They expect him to return to significant action once he finishes his suspension.
Walton leads the Dolphins with 201 rushing yards on a 3.8 yards per carry average. He also has 15 receptions for 89 yards. His performance may be missed by fantasy players. But, the Dolphins won’t be affected much by his departure in NFL betting markets.