Cardinals Deactivate RB Jonathan Dwyer
The NFL can’t stop the hits from coming. Ever since the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal broke open just weeks ago, more and more news continues to come out about NFL players being involved in domestic violence.
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is the latest to hit the headlines, as the team has been forced to deactivate him due to charges stemming from a July incident.
Per reports, Dwyer was arrested back on July 21st for two incidents involving domestic violence. Dwyer was officially arrested on chargers of domestic violence and aggravated assault.
This is Dwyer’s first run-in with the law since coming into the league, but with the league under a microscope with him they’re dealing with domestic violence off the field, it surely won’t be an easy situation to hide from.
An average talent to begin with, the 25-year old back out of Georgia Tech could easily be looking at a short-lived NFL playing career if convicted and suspended. Whispers are already roaming around the league that no one will want to touch Ray Rice, so naturally most teams probably wouldn’t give a middling talent like Dwyer the time of day.
Just how bad it looks for Dwyer going forward will likely depend on further reports, evidence and an actual conviction, but this certainly isn’t good news for his pro football career.
Dwyer was operating as Arizona’s top backup running back behind starter Andre Ellington, having rushed for 51 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. He also added two catches for eight yards through the first two weeks of the 2014 NFL season.
With Dwyer on the shelf for the forseeable future, Arizona could lean on Ellington more than ever, despite the second-year back’s troublesome foot issue.
The Cardinals could also look to free agency for some added depth at running back, as Stepfan Taylor remains their only other active running back on the roster now. Taylor will undoubtedly step up into Dwyer’s old role, and could occupy that role for the remainder of the year.
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