Walton's attorney, Michael Gottlieb, said Wednesday that the state of Florida has dropped the charge of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman that the running back faced following a Nov. 19 arrest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Before Miami released Walton the same day as the arrest, he had been serving as the Dolphins' top running back until the NFL suspended him for four games Nov. 4 due to a prior violation of the league's conduct and substance abuse policies. Even though Walton's legal status has been resolved for the November incident, it bears mentioning that he was arrested again in February for violating a restraining order. With that in mind, Rapoport notes that the NFL is still reviewing Walton for potential discipline, making it uncertain if or when he may be allowed to resume his career.
Walton has been arrested in Miami for violating a restraining order, Cristina Alexander or WSVN 7 News reports. Walton, who has been arrested five times in the last year, was cut by the Dolphins in November due to a separate incident with the law. The 22-year-old recently concluded a four-game ban for violating the NFL's conduct and substance abuse policy in December, but it now looks possible that another suspension could be in line. Walton's continued legal issues serve to make his chances of earning an opportunity with a new team increasingly unlikely.
Walton's four-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct and substance abuse policy was lifted Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. This suspension was due to conduct over the summer, but Walton was cut by the Dolphins following a separate incident in November. He likely won't be picked up again this year considering another suspension appears imminent.
The Dolphins waived Walton (suspension) on Tuesday. Walton had missed the Dolphins' previous two contests while serving a four-game suspension due to violations of the NFL's personal conduct and substance abuse policies, which were related to his three arrests during the offseason. According to a press release issued Tuesday by the Dolphins, Walton was recently involved in another "police matter," and his latest brush with the law will end up costing him his job. With Walton no longer in line to rejoin Miami when his suspension lapses in December, Kalen Ballage should gain some security in the lead role, despite his remarkably poor efficiency this season (1.9 yards per carry on 64 attempts).
Walton has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's conduct and substance abuse policy, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports. He'll be eligible to play next Dec. 2 against the Jets. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, this suspension is a result of three offseason arrests and not because of a new issue. Walton combined for 41 yards on 15 touches in Week 9's win over the Jets, and now he'll be kept off the field until the Dolphins play Gang Green again. The Dolphins figure to roll out Kalen Ballage as their lead back in Sunday's matchup against the Colts while Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin could pick up the remaining reps.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New England Patriots||21||18.88|
|3||09/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|5||10/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|11||11/21||@New York Jets||20||18.00|
|13||12/05||New York Giants||16||17.50|
|15||12/19||New York Jets||20||18.00|
|16||12/27||@New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|18||01/09||New England Patriots||21||18.88|
|3 Year Avg||34||118||0||10||65||0||17|