The Miami Dolphins starting running back, Mark Walton, has been suspended 4 games for violating the league’s conduct and substance abuse policy. He will be able to return week 14 against the Jets and is allowed to attend team meetings.
Walton’s was drafted in the 4th round of the 2018 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. The suspension stems from the same 3 offseason arrests that caused him to be cut by Cincinnati. He was signed by Miami after a workout in May.
The first arrest was a marijuana possession in January. The second, in February, was a battery charge due to a dispute with a woman who was trying to record him.
The third and final straw for the Bengals in April was by far the worst. Walton was pulled over for speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. He quickly pulled over and when the officer ordered Walton to the ground he complied only to jump back up and attempt to flee. The pursuing officer shot Walton in the back with his taser to slow him down but Walton dislodged the prongs and ran off.
When officers searched the car Walton was driving, which was rented in the running backs name, they found 14 grams of marijuana and a 9mm carbine rifle with several fully loaded clips. Walton was ID’d by the officer and was arrested later.
Below is the statement from Miami.
Statement from Head Coach Brian Flores on the suspension of Mark Walton. pic.twitter.com/7LxKyimD4M
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 4, 2019
Fantasy Take: Walton has been one of the few bright spots on the field for Miami. He will likely be dropped in almost every league so grab him a week before he’s back; you can never have too much RB depth. Kalen Ballage looks to be a 3 down back for now unless the team signs another player (which they should).