Dolphins RB Mark Walton Suspended for 4 Games for Violating the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy

Josh Houtz

What a crazy 24 hours it has been for Dolphins fans. 

After defeating the New York Jets 28-16 on Sunday, things were finally starting to look up for the 1-7 Dolphins. And then news broke of a season-ending knee injury to star wide receiver Preston Williams. An injury, that could force the rookie wide receiver to miss most of the 2020 offseason. 

But that wouldn’t be the only disheartening news to break out of Davie.

As we learned a short time ago, the Dolphins will be without starting running back Mark Walton for the next four games, as he serves a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

According to Field Tate’s of ESPN, Mark Walton will miss the next four games for the Dolphins.

However, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting, the suspension is related to his off-the-field incidents which occurred prior to signing with the Dolphins.  

Walton, the fourth-round pick from the Cincinnati Bengals has been a bright spot for the Dolphins this season.  Walton carried the ball 53 times for 201 yards this season.  He's also amassed 15 receptions for 83 yards. 

Now that Walton is out for the next four games, the Dolphins could decide to give Kalen Ballage an opportunity to once again show his worth with the starters. There's also the possibility Chad O'Shea and the rest of Miami's coaching staff, could want to see what rookies Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin are capable of. 

Nevertheless, this is just another blow to a team crawling their way through the 2019 season.  

When it rains it pours.

Here's a look at some of Mark Walton's top plays with the Dolphins in 2019.

This article was written by Josh Houtz (@houtz)