Jonathan Dwyer on non-injury list

September, 18, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list Thursday, the team announced.

Arizona has opted to continue paying Dwyer his $730,000 base salary, which comes to $42,941 per week, according to reports. By putting him on the NFI list, the Cardinals could have decided to not pay him.

Dwyer was deactivated Wednesday following an arrest on charges of domestic abuse and assault.

The Cardinals also cut running back Chris Rainey from their practice squad. 

Rainey was waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 after being accused of slapping his girlfriend. He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stalking charge while in college at Florida, according to reports.

Running back Jalen Parmele was re-signed to fill Dwyer's roster spot, and Arizona added former Colts running back Kerwynn Williams to its practice squad.

Since 2000, the Cardinals have had 12 players arrested in relation to 13 incidents, according to a USA Today database. Dwyer was the fifth Cardinals player arrested in the past two years and the second in less than two months.

Most notably were the arrests of linebacker Daryl Washington, who pleaded guilty to assaulting an ex-girlfriend in 2013, and linebacker John Abraham, who was found asleep behind the wheel of his car in June at an intersection of suburban Atlanta.


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Police: Jonathan Dwyer hit wife, son

September, 18, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.

The details surfaced Thursday in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals' practice facility and headquarters in Tempe. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on bail early Thursday.

The arrest came at a time when the NFL and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some of the league's marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy

The NFL has said the Dwyer case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy.

Dwyer was arrested Wednesday for investigation in two altercations that occurred on July 21 and 22 at his Phoenix residence, just days before the Cardinals reported to training camp. His wife left the state after the incidents but came forward a week ago after Dwyer apparently sent suicidal text messages including a photo of a knife.

In the first encounter, police say Dwyer attempted to kiss and undress his wife, but she refused. Someone who heard the argument reported the assault to police, who showed up at the apartment but did not make an arrest. Dwyer hid in a bathroom and the wife denied he was in the home because the running back threatened to kill himself in front of her and their child if she told police about the assault, police said.

The next day, Dwyer punched his wife with a closed fist on the left side of her face, according to police. He also punched walls and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who was not injured, police said.

As his wife tried to call police, Dwyer grabbed her cellphone and threw it down from the home's second story. Witnesses told police that Dwyer's wife said, "I'm calling the police," as she held her swollen face and clutched her son.

During his police interview on Wednesday, Dwyer acknowledged hiding in the bathroom when police responded to the first argument and sending a photo of a knife with suicidal threats. Dwyer denied committing an assault, though he acknowledged that he punched walls in his home, threw a phone and that his wife bit his lip during the disputes, according to the police report. As he was released from jail Thursday, he said he never hurt his son.

Dwyer, 25, was booked into Maricopa County Jail on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.

He was freed on a $25,000 cash bond and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device. He also cannot have contact with the alleged victims, cannot travel outside of Arizona and cannot have involvement with weapons, drugs or alcohol.

During Dwyer's initial court appearance Wednesday night, defense attorney Jared Allen asked that Dwyer be allowed to leave the state for his job, but a court commissioner denied that request after prosecutor Jay Rademacher said the Cardinals had deactivated Dwyer.

Dwyer is scheduled to have a status hearing on Sept. 24 and a preliminary hearing on Sept. 26.

According to a statement, the Cardinals weren't made aware of the allegations against Dwyer until Wednesday but are fully cooperating.

"Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities," the team said. "We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available."

Arizona put Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list


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FTP: Dockett reacts to Dwyer's arrest

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Injured Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett took to Twitter to react to Jonathan Dwyer's arrest on Wednesday. Dockett is rehabbing his right ACL after tearing it during training camp in August.


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Cardinals' depth chart at running back

September, 17, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- With Jonathan Dwyer deactivated Wednesday after he was arrested on domestic violence and assault charges, the Arizona Cardinals are left with two healthy running backs and an injured starter heading into Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Starting running back Andre Ellington missed Wednesday's practice as he continues to recover from a torn tendon in his left foot. He didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday last week before taking the field in a limited capacity Friday. Ellington ran for 91 yards on 15 carries Sunday against the New York Giants.

"Hopefully we'll get something out of him [Thursday]," Arians said during his Wednesday news conference. "It's not quite as sore as it was last week. He's in the boot and we'll keep him that way.

"Hopefully, tomorrow we'll get a little bIt more work than we've been getting the last couple of weeks and see some things. He may practice Thursday."

Dwyer, who was Ellington's backup, had 31 yards on nine carries and a touchdown against the Giants.

The two healthy running backs -- Stepfan Taylor and Robert Hughes -- have combined for two carries for four yards this season as Arizona's third and fourth options. Taylor's role will likely be increased, but he's a different back than Dwyer, who at 5-foot-11 and 229 pounds is two inches and 13 pounds heavier than Taylor.

Hughes was praised all preseason for his ability to be a multifaceted back and Cardinals coach Bruce Arians raved about his pass-catching ability as a fullback.

As of Wednesday evening, Chris Rainey was the only running back on the Cardinals' practice squad. Rainey was waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 after being accused of slapping his girlfriend. Rainey also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stalking charge while in college at Florida, according to reports.

Roger Goodell has gone to ground

September, 17, 2014
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Roger Goodell has disappeared. In the NFL's hour of greatest need, its leader has decided to remain silent and invisible. Poof! Vanished. For more than a week, as pictures emerge and indictments are filed and news conferences collapse under the weight of doublespeak and obfuscation, Goodell has sealed himself away from the mounting pile of rubble.

Where is he, and why? Is the commissioner himself on the NFL exempt/commissioner's permission list? His retreat from the public realm gives the impression of a boss who is not only inaccessible, but incapable.

This isn't going away soon. The Ray Rice decision and re-decision was followed by the Adrian Peterson decision and re-decision, which was followed by the Greg Hardy decision, which was quickly followed by Jonathan Dwyer's arrest for aggravated assault involving a woman and 18-month-old child at his home. Off in the distance there's the gathering sound of trouble, and everyone's ears are calibrated to pick up the tone.

And where is Goodell? Apparently holed up on Park Avenue, high above the fray. Sports Illustrated's Peter King quoted a source "with knowledge of ... Goodell's mindset" as saying, "Roger has determined that he will be a leader in the domestic violence space." In an email to ESPN.com, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote, "He's been working every day (and much of the night) in the office this week on these issues."


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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals released a statement following Wednesday's arrest of running back Jonathan Dwyer:
"We became aware of these allegations this afternoon when notified by Phoenix police and are cooperating fully. Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities. We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available."
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Jonathan Dwyer arrested, deactivated

September, 17, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been deactivated from all team activities after his arrest Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault.

The counts stem from two incidents involving a 27-year-old woman -- identified by Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump as Dwyer's wife -- and an 18-month-old child at Dwyer's home in southeast Phoenix on July 21 at 8 a.m. and July 22 at 4 p.m., according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Dwyer, 25, was booked into Maricopa County Jail on Wednesday on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.

He was freed on a $25,000 cash bond early Thursday and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device. He also cannot have contact with the alleged victims, cannot travel outside of Arizona and cannot have involvement with weapons, drugs or alcohol.

Dwyer admitted to the incidents during interviews with detectives but denied physically assaulting the female and child. According to police, a search warrant was being executed at his home.

According to a statement, the Cardinals weren't made aware of the allegations against Dwyer until Wednesday but are fully cooperating.

"Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities," the team said. "We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available."

An NFL spokesperson said Dwyer's arrest will be reviewed under the league's personal conduct policy.

According to Phoenix police, Dwyer's wife and child left Arizona shortly after the July incidents, but a report wasn't filed with the Phoenix Police Department until Sept. 11. After conducting interviews with witnesses and obtaining out-of-state medical records, investigators developed probable cause to arrest Dwyer on Wednesday in Tempe, Arizona.

Authorities depicted a stormy relationship between Dwyer and his wife that escalated into violence on July 21, four days before the Cardinals reported to training camp.

Neighbors heard a fight and called police, who showed up at the residence but left without making an arrest because Dwyer hid in the bathroom and his wife said no one else was at the home, Crump said.

"She said she was in an argument on the phone only," Crump said.

The next day, Crump said, Dwyer snatched his wife's cellphone and threw it from the second floor of their residence to prevent her from calling police about another dispute.

Crump confirmed there was an allegation that Dwyer threw a shoe at or toward his son. Crump said he couldn't elaborate on it.

Crump said the wife moved out of state with the child but came forward last week and provided police with information about her injuries and text messages indicating Dwyer "was going to harm himself because of what had been going on."

This is the second domestic violence case involving a Cardinals player. In April, inside linebacker Daryl Washington


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