Walton was taking over as the lead back before getting suspended for four games after three arrests last season. The Dolphins said they became aware of a police matter early Tuesday morning, and said they hold their players to a high standard. Walton was on a zero-tolerance policy. Ballage will likely continue to run as the team's main back.
Walton is eligible return ahead of Dolphins Week 14 game vs. New York Jets. He will be allowed by NFL to be in the facility and attend meetings but not games and practices, Wolfe went on to say. He was suspended for offseason arrests. Ballage likely gets a bulk of the workload replacing Walton, although he hasn't been impressive this season, eventually falling below Walton on the depth chart.
Schefter reported Sunday that Johnson wouldn't be ready for the team's Week 9 game, a short turnaround on Thursday night. With Edmonds (hamstring) now in doubt too, this move makes some sense, but Drake only has three days to get ready in a tough matchup against the 49ers no less. The worst case for Drake owners is he has short term value and Johnson and Edmonds eventually come back. The best case for Drake owners is Johnson's ankle injury is maybe more serious than the team is letting on, and he ends up splitting work with Edmonds, assuming his hamstring injury isn't serious.
Meanwhile in Miami, this seems to open the door for Walton, who had 14 carries last week and looks to be the main back. Ballage could be back on the fantasy radar and did have a TD last week, but only carried three times.