It's clear the Dolphins won't cut McMichael, but the Dolphins need to do something about their star tight end.
This is the second time in two years that McMichael has been arrested following a dispute with his wife. Actually, both he and his wife were arrested last year but charges eventually were dropped because there were no witnesses and neither wanted to pursue the matter.
The couple then underwent counseling and had a child together. This time, McMichael was charged with simple battery and criminal trespass.
In both instances, alcohol was involved. Last year's incident occurred after McMichael returned home after going out drinking on his birthday. And this time the tight end allegedly told police he had had two glasses of wine and several beers before the incident, although he declined to take a Breathalyzer test.
If convicted on charges of simple battery and criminal trespass, McMichael could find himself facing disciplinary action from the NFL.
McMichael picked a bad time to get in trouble again because he's about to enter the last year of the contract he signed as a rookie and the Dolphins -- or any other team after the season if McMichael becomes a free agent -- might become reluctant to give a long-term contract to someone who is starting to appear self-destructive.
For the time being, it is a disconcerting development for Saban and the Dolphins, and certainly one the team could have done without a couple of weeks before the start of training camp.