According to Pro Football Talk, Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter is on deck for a punishment of some type under the Personal Conduct Policy for his guilty plea to battery on Bengals left tackle Levi Jones. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, confirmed that a consultation between Porter and the league office has occurred regarding the matter, but that Porter did not meet directly with Commissioner Roger Goodell.
With that out of the way, the next (and most probable) step that will be taken will be the issuance of a fine or a suspension, much like last year when a guilty plea for disorderly conduct arising from the 2005 sex boat escapade resulted in the loss of a game check for Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie and Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot. In this new climate of intolerance regarding off-field conduct, I would think that a guilty plea for battery on a NFL player should trigger a one-game suspension.
Assuming that is the case, expect the Dolphins (probably unsuccessfully) to lobby the league office hard to have Porter available for the September 9 regular-season opener at Washington. The team’s best argument in this regard? They’re giving up a home game this year to facilitate the league’s desire to play games in other countries. Good luck Huizenga.