Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback arrested on domestic battery

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavier Howard was arrested Sunday night on a domestic battery charge following an argument with his fiance over the purchase of a purse, according to a police report.

Howard, who missed much of the 2019 season with a knee injury, remained in the Broward County Jail early Monday with bond set at $3,000, jail records showed.

The police report from Davie, Florida, said the argument became physical when Howard grabbed his fiance’s arm and pushed her against a mirrored glass in the hallway of their bedroom. He let her go, causing her to fall to the floor on her right arm, which landed on his crutches, the report said.

Howard complained of pain due to his injury and was taken by Davie Fire Rescue to a hospital for treatment. He was later taken to the jail.

The woman had scratches and redness on her right wrist and forearm.

“We are aware of the situation and currently gathering information,” the Dolphins said in a statement. “We will have no further comment at this time.”

Howard’s agency hasn’t yet responded to a message for comment.

Howard faces a possible suspension to start the 2020 season. He was placed on injured reserve after Week 8 because of a knee injury, and wasn’t with the Dolphins on Sunday for their season-ending upset victory at New England.

Last year he missed four games but still tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions and made the Pro Bowl.

Howard underwent surgery on his left knee this month. Despite knee issues in the past, the Dolphins signed him to a $76.5 million, five-year contract in May, which included $46 million guaranteed and was the most lucrative deal ever for a cornerback.

Davie is a Fort Lauderdale suburb.

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