One day after one of the biggest upset wins in team history, the Miami Dolphins woke up to some sobering news, as cornerback Xavien Howard was arrested overnight on domestic battery charges.
Howard, drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft and considered one of the bright young stars of a rebuilding project in Miami was recently signed to a 5 year, $76.5 million extension.
According to the Davie police report, Howard got into a verbal argument with his fiancé over recent purchases, and things became physical when Howard grabbed her arm and pushed her back against a mirrored glass wall, and she then fell to the floor. She suffered scratches and redness on her right wrist and forearm, while Howard complained of soreness to his recently surgically repaired knee.
Howard has played in just five games this season and has been on the injured reserve list for most of the year. He recently underwent knee surgery and has been on crutches for several weeks.
The NFL will likely look into the charges, as recent incidents have put pressure on the league to respond to domestic issues, usually doling out suspensions once the incidents make their way through the justice system. Arrests for domestic violence fall under the NFL conduct policy, so Howard will be subject to league discipline to start 2020 season regardless of whether he is convicted or not.
The team has not yet issued a statement.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter: @EJFootball
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