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May 13, 2020 01:28 PM
Mark Walton: Cleared from November charge
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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.

February 27, 2020 02:56 PM
Mark Walton: Arrested in Miami on Thursday
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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.

December 3, 2019 05:28 PM
Mark Walton: Suspension over
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 19, 2019 11:12 AM
Mark Walton: Cut by Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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).

November 4, 2019 05:04 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Faces four-game suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 3, 2019 05:00 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Quiet in team's first win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton rushed 12 times for 29 yards and caught three of four targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 26-18 win over the Jets.

Walton couldn't get much going on the ground, even against a Jets team that was missing the top four inside linebackers on its depth chart due to injuries. At least it's clear that Walton's now the lead back with Kenyan Drake out of the picture, as Walton got 12 carries to Kalen Ballage's seven. The little fantasy value to be found in Miami lies in the passing game, but Walton will at least be a strong candidate to keep receiving double-digit touches against the Colts in Week 10 and beyond.

October 29, 2019 11:36 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Leads backfield in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton carried the ball 11 times for 35 yards and fumbled once during Monday's 27-14 loss to the Steelers. He also caught three of six targets for 19 yards.

Meanwhile, Kalen Ballage logged three carries for eight yards and caught one pass for 11 yards. Following the trade of Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals, Walton profiles as the No. 1 option in Miami's backfield. However, game flow didn't work out in the second-year pro's favor versus Pittsburgh, as the Dolphins spent the second half of the contest playing catch-up. That's a pattern that could continue to play out for Walton (and the winless Miami offense) this season, but he at least has a solid matchup against the Jets' porous defense coming up in Week 9.

October 29, 2019 12:56 AM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Opportunity knocks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton is in line to head Miami's backfield Monday night against the Steelers, and beyond, with Kenyan Drake reportedly having been dealt to the Cardinals, per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald .

Kalen Ballage will also be in the mix, but Walton's 14-carry, 66-yard effort in Week 7's loss to the Bills should afford him the opportunity to lead the Dolphins' ground game in the coming weeks, now that there's one less back (Drake) to contend with for touches. With the Dolphins 0-6, game flows aren't always going to favor Walton, but with an expanded role on tap, he's worth scooping up if he's still available.

October 27, 2019 02:08 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Poised to see expanded role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

With Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald relaying that Kenyan Drake (not injury-related) won't travel with the Dolphins for Monday night's game at Pittsburgh, Walton is in line to head the team's Week 8 backfield.

It's assumed that Drake not traveling with the team likely foreshadows a deal prior to Tuesday's NFL trade deadline. If the team moves Drake, Walton -- who led the team with 14 carries in Week 7 -- will be in line to serve as the team's lead back in the coming weeks, with Kalen Ballage also in the mix.

October 20, 2019 05:16 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Paces backfield in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton rushed 14 times for 66 yards and brought in his only target for minus-8 yards in the Dolphins' 31-21 loss to the Bills on Sunday.

Walton led the way in carries and rushing yardage for Miami, comfortably outpacing both Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage. The workload was the highest of the season for Walton by far, and considering the type of solid ground production he parlayed it into, he presumably secured a larger role heading into a Week 8 Monday night matchup versus the Steelers.

October 18, 2019 06:32 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: No designation for Week 7
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton (thumb) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Bills, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

The thumb issue limited Walton's participation in practice throughout the week, but the Dolphins were seemingly just exercising caution with the second-year back, who took on an enhanced role in the team's Week 6 loss to the Redskins. Walton played a season-high 32 offensive snaps in the contest, finishing with 32 yards on six carries and another 43 yards on five receptions. At this point, Walton seems to have safely moved ahead of Kalen Ballage in the backfield pecking order, and he could begin to start cutting into Kenyan Drake's workload as well.

October 17, 2019 04:56 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Limited again
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Walton (thumb) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Walton has opened the week with two straight limited practice sessions, but there doesn't seem to be much concern about his availability for Sunday's game against the Bills. In fact, coach Brian Flores indicated that he "could see" Walton serving as the Dolphins' lead option on the ground in the contest, per Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post, though Kenyan Drake is still expected to see his fair share of involvement as well. Even so, with Drake on the trade market and a candidate to be dealt before the Oct. 29 deadline, Walton could be in line for significant opportunities moving forward if he continues to impress the Dolphins staff, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

October 16, 2019 05:12 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Limited to start week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a thumb injury, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Walton likely picked up the injury at some point during the Week 6 loss to the Redskins, during which he accrued a career-high 75 yards on 11 touches. It's encouraging that he wasn't held out of practice entirely, and Walton will have two opportunities to upgrade to a full practice before Sunday's game against Buffalo.

October 13, 2019 06:56 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Outgains Drake
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton gained 32 yards on six carries during Sunday's 17-16 loss to Washington, adding 43 yards on five catches.

Walton's 11 touches Sunday were just two fewer than his previous season total. He delivered with the added exposure, picking up gains of at least 10 yards on four touches on this way to 75 total yards, a career high and five better than starter Kenyan Drake. Should Walton continue to get a larger share of carries, he'll face a tough challenge in Week 7 against division rival Buffalo.

October 10, 2019 05:04 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Shakes illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton (illness) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Walton practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, and he now appears back to full capacity and ready for Sunday's game against the Redskins. The second-year pro is working his way up Miami's depth chart, having seen increased touches in each game that he's been active, but he hasn't yet carved out a large enough role to be worth fantasy consideration.

October 9, 2019 05:12 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Limited to start week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton (illness) was limited in practice Wednesday.

Walton's illness doesn't appear to be a long-term issue, and it's encouraging that he wasn't held out of Wednesday's practice entirely. Offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea called Walton "impressive" as both a runner and receiver Monday, according to Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post, which bodes well for the second-year pro's chances of climbing the depth chart. Still, Walton remains off the fantasy radar Week 6 except in deep leagues.

September 29, 2019 06:12 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Receives eight touches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton carried six times for 23 yards and caught two passes for an additional 11 yards during Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Chargers.

After failing to contribute last week against Dallas, Walton more than doubled his season yardage output as he logged a career-high eight touches. His usage coincided with a decrease in playing time for Kalen Ballage, who has done little with his opportunities this season. Although Walton seems to be working his way up the depth chart, he'll carry little fantasy value into the team's next game Oct. 13 against the Redskins.

September 23, 2019 11:48 AM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Not used versus Dallas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton did not play during Sunday's 31-6 loss to the Cowboys.

With both Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage healthy, Walton simply didn't factor into Miami's plans on offense. A scenario in which Walton emerges as a noteworthy fantasy asset in 2019 appears unlikely at this time.

September 16, 2019 01:56 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Three carries in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton recorded three carries for 16 yards during Sunday's 43-0 loss to the Patriots.

Walton also caught one of two targets for 12 yards. The Dolphins suffered a blowout loss for a second consecutive week, forcing the team to focus on downfield throws and abandon the running game early on. Of course, as the No. 3 option behind Kalen Ballage and Kenyan Drake, it's unlikely that Walton will see notable carries even if Miami manages to keep Week 3's contest against the Cowboys more competitive.

September 9, 2019 05:52 PM
Dolphins' Mark Walton: Minimal involvement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walton logged one carry for one yard during Sunday's 59-10 loss to the Ravens.

Sunday's game against Baltimore quickly became out of hand - the Ravens led 42-10 at halftime - forcing the Dolphins to abandon the run in favor of heavy passing attempts. In any case, Walton isn't bound for much opportunity behind Kalen Ballage and Kenyan Drake, both of whom dominated touches at the running back position without compiling much production. As the No.3 option in a low-upside offense, Walton doesn't warrant consideration in most fantasy formats.

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