The Miami Dolphins have one less running back on their roster as Mark Walton has been arrested on assault charges and has been released.
The news was first broke by Andy Slater who Tweeted that the Mark Walton arrest was made overnight and that it stemmed from him punching a woman.
SLATER SCOOP: Mark Walton was arrested early Tuesday morning in South Florida.
The RB is accused of punching a woman “several times in the face and head,” an exclusively-obtained document says.
Police say the woman is 5 weeks pregnant and Walton is the father.
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) November 19, 2019
Walton rushed for 201 yards on 53 carries in 2019 and scored three receiving touchdowns. Miami went back to Kalen Ballage after Walton started his suspension.
The Dolphins wasted no time releasing the running back and General Manager Chris Grier issued a statement regarding the release and incident.
“We were made aware of a police matter earlier this morning regarding Mark Walton. We hold our players to a high standard and take these matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time”. – Chris Grier
Over the off-season, Walton was arrested three times but nothing outlandishly serious. The Dolphins took a chance bringing the local talent from Miami University in.
Walton has been in the league for two years. Off-field issues last year led to his release from the Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins gave him another shot this year and it seemed to have paid off. Now, Walton will be looking to find anyone who might give him another shot but he will face more league discipline.
The NFL will not suspend him further until he is on another roster which likely will not happen at all now. It is likely the end of the line for a talented but troubled running back.