The domestic battery charge against Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard has been dropped, as ESPN.com’s Cameron Wolfe writes. Howard will not face jail time for the late December incident, but NFL discipline remains possible.
According to the police report, a verbal argument between Howard and his fiancee allegedly turned physical when he grabbed her arm and shoved her against a mirrored wall. Then, cops say, she fell on her right arm when Howard let her go.
On the heels of a Pro Bowl campaign, Howard inked a five-year, $76.5M deal with the Dolphins last spring. After nabbing an NFL-high seven interceptions in just 12 games, Howard saw his 2019 season cut short by a knee injury.
Howard, at the very least, will not be facing legal consequences for the alleged event. Still, the NFL is expected to conduct a full investigation on the incident, which could lead to a suspension at the start of the 2020 season.
This year, Howard is slated to count for a $13.325M charge against the Dolphins’ cap. His position-leading deal is set to run through 2024, his age-31 season.