Dolphins indefinitely suspend DE Derrick Shelby following arrest
Dolphins indefinitely suspend DE Derrick Shelby following arrest
Monday October 6th, 2014

The Miami Dolphins have suspended defensive end Derrick Shelby indefinitely, the team announced Monday.

Shelby was arrested early Saturday morning on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and trespassing. His arrest came after he refused to leave a Fort Lauderdale nightclub.

The Dolphins said they suspended Shelby for "conduct detrimental to the team." Head coach Joe Philbin released the following statement:

“We were disappointed to learn about Derrick’s arrest. Everyone in this organization is held to high standards of conduct and professionalism. Based on my conversations with Derrick and the information we have thus far, Derrick will be placed on Indefinite Club Suspension. When we have completed all of the necessary diligence, we will make a final determination on his discipline."

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Shelby, 25, was signed by the team as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He's played in all four of the Dolphins' games this season, recording six tackles, two sacks and recovering a fumble. Miami had a bye this week.

The NFL has faced criticism in recent weeks for its handling of legal issues, most notably domestic violence and the indefinite suspension of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Other prominent cases include Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, currently appealing a conviction of assault and communicating threats to his ex-girlfriend, and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, indicted last month on child abuse charges. Both players are currently on paid leaves from their teams until their legal issues are resolved.

The most recent NFL arrest involved Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer, who is set to be arraigned Monday on felony charges of aggravated assault and eight other misdemeanors after he allegedly attacked his wife.

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The Dolphins (2-2) host the Green Bay Packers this Sunday.

Ben Estes


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