Cardinals place assistant coach James Saxon on paid leave amid domestic battery charges

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The Cardinals have actually made great deals of sound far from the football field this offseason, which continued Friday. Days after pass receiver Marquise Brown was apprehended and charged with criminal speeding, head coach Kliff Kingsbury informed press reporters that running backs coach James Saxon has actually been put on paid administrative leave while dealing with 2 charges of domestic battery.

Saxon, 56, was initially charged in Indianapolis on May 25, according to ESPN, since of an event on May 7, throughout which the long time assistant coach supposedly attacked a female in front of a kid. Saxon is dealing with 2 counts of domestic battery, consisting of a Level 6 felony that includes a sentence variety of 6 months to over 2 years in jail. A trial date might be set at an approaching lawyer conference on Aug. 25, per ESPN, 2 days prior to the Cardinals’ last preseason video game.

“We are aware of the incident and notified the NFL as required,” the Cardinals stated Friday in a declaration. “The matter is currently under review pursuant to league policies. … We will have no further comment pending additional proceedings.”

Saxon published bond after his May arrest, and a limiting order was consequently released as part of the case. He reported to Cardinals training school at the end of July, and had actually been training the group’s running backs as typical to begin practices.

Offensive assistant Don Shumpert and chief of personnel Kenny Bell are set to change Saxon in the interim.

Saxon has actually been on Arizona’s personnel considering that 2019, as one of Kingsbury’s initial hires. Prior to that, he invested 5 years as the Steelers’ running backs coach, from 2014-2018. He likewise held the title with the Vikings (2011-2013), Dolphins (2008-2010), and Chiefs (2001-2007), especially mentoring All-Pro beginners Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson in Kansas City.

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