Charges Against Dolphins CB Xavien Howard Dropped


Adam Beasley confirms a report from Amber Wilson that charges against Dolphins CB Xavien Howard related to a domestic violence case have been dismissed.

Howard was arrested on domestic battery charges late in 2019 after an alleged incident involving his fiancé. Per Joe Schad, the alleged victim told the prosecutor she did not want to proceed with the charges. 

Schad adds the woman says the situation “got out of hand” and she has no fear for her safety or of Howard. Without other witnesses, the prosecutors said they were unable to continue the case without testimony from Howard’s fiancé. 

While Howard won’t face legal discipline, he could still be subject to discipline from the NFL if it finds anything during its own investigation it believes warrants a suspension. 

Miami placed Howard on injured reserve back in October with a knee injury. 

Howard, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2016. He was in the final year of his four-year, $6,128,038 and set to make a base salary of $1,285,641 for the 2019 season when he agreed to a five-year, $76.5 million extension that includes $46 million guaranteed with Miami last offseason. 

In 2019, Howard appeared in five games for the Dolphins and recorded 17 tackles, one interception, and four pass defenses.

We’ll have more regarding Howard as the news is available.

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