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Cincinnati Bengals waive running back Mark Walton

Mark Walton, Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals have waived running back Mark Walton, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

The Bengals’ decision to part ways with Walton comes after the halfback was arrested three times this offseason.

“It’s important for our team to get off to a fresh start as we begin the 2019 season,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said in a statement. “For that reason, we felt it best if we move forward without Mark Walton. We hope his situation gets resolved, but we don’t want to take anything away from the good work that so many other players have already begun to demonstrate.”

Just two days before being waived, Walton had given himself up to authorities on felony charges of possession of a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana and reckless driving.

The 22-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Miami, was originally selected by Cincinnati in the fourth round (112th pick overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He played in 14 games during his rookie campaign, carrying the ball 14 times for 34 yards while catching five passes for 41 yards.

Walton spent three years at Miami, with his junior season coming to an end after just five games due to persistent ankle issues. He finished with 428 yards and three touchdowns on the ground that season.

His most productive year during his collegiate tenure came during his sophomore year, when he racked up 1,117 yards and 14 scores while averaging 5.3 yards per carry. In addition, he hauled in 27 receptions for 240 yards while reaching the end zone once.