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Bengals running back Mark Walton arrested on battery charge

Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton was arrested late Friday night in Miami on a charge of misdemeanor battery.

Miami-Dade police say the charge stems from an argument Walton got into with a couple after his car was blocking the entrance to a condominium parking lot. A woman involved in the incident began recording Walton on video midway through the confrontation, at which point he forcibly took her cell phone, resulting in a physical altercation that left both parties with minor scrapes and scratches.

Details of the arrest were reported by David Ovalle of the Miami Herald.

Walton entered the NFL last year after three seasons playing for the University of Miami. Selected in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, Walton played in 14 games as a rookie, mostly on special teams. He finished his debut season with 14 carries for 34 yards, in addition to five catches for 41 yards.

Cincinnati fired longtime coach Marvin Lewis in late December after the team went 6-10, missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season. The Bengals announced the hiring of former Los Angeles Rams quarterback coach Zac Taylor as Lewis’ replacement the day after the Super Bowl.

Though starting running back Joe Mixon and veteran Giovani Bernard are both under contract with Cincinnati next season, there nevertheless appeared to be a chance for Walton to establish himself as a factor in Cincinnati’s offensive attack. Bernard, 27, averaged just 3.8 yards per carry last season, and wasn’t nearly as dynamic a factor in the passing game as he was earlier in his career, either.