Miami Dolphins DE Phillip Merling has been slapped with felony battery charges stemming from him hitting his pregnant girlfriend a couple months back. Merling already considered to be on a tight thread in danger of losing a roster spot if he doesn’t improve is now almost certain to face league discipline.
It’s likely that the charges will be reduced if Merling strikes a plea bargain and it’s unlikely he will spend any time in jail. However, the league will not likely sit idle .
No word on when he will be assigned a court date. Merling is accused of hitting his pregnant girlfriend in the face causing swelling and a cut lip.