Armando Salguero spoke with a person with knowledge of T.J. McDonald probation situation who said that the Dolphins’ safety asked for and received an extension to fulfill terms of probation from the court.
This means that as long as McDonald fulfills the obligations of his probation this offseason, he won’t have to serve any jail time.
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The report says that McDonald is “way behind” on his community service and didn’t complete his alcohol program, which led to the court revoking his probation.
McDonald is due back in court in March.
Back in May of 2016, McDonald was arrested after he crashed into a parked car. Police believed he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and he was initially charged with misdemeanor DUI.
However, McDonald later cut a deal with prosecutors in which he received three years probation and was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service, complete a 3-month alcohol program and attend Narcotics Anonymous.
McDonald served an eight-game suspension this season.
McDonald, 26, is a former third-round pick of the Rams back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2.926 million rookie contract before signing a one-year, $1.34 million contract with the Dolphins this offseason.
Interestingly enough, the Dolphins elected to sign McDonald to a four-year, $24 million extension that includes $10 million at the start of the season, despite the fact that he was suspended for the first half of the season.
In 2017, McDonald appeared in eight games for the Dolphins and recorded 45 tackles, one interception and three pass defenses.
We’ll have more regarding McDonald as the news is available.