According to a report from ESPN.com, Dolphins G Richie Incognito is under review by the NFL Players Association for his involvement in an incident that led to Jonathan Martin Jonathan Martin leaving the team.
- The Dolphins say that Incognito has been a “model citizen” and is “mystified” by any allegations.
- Citing several sources, Incognito was reportedly involved in the incident, and harassment from Incognito stems back to the 2012 season.
The NFLPA will continue to investigate the situation and have several sources who have identified Incognito as one the prominent offenders.
Martin is on indefinite leave from the Dolphins and may not return for “several weeks” while he deals with personal issues.
Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network reports that multiple players and team sources have informed him that Dolphins OT Jonathan Martin expects to be away from the team for “several weeks” while he works through personal issues.
- Darlington adds that none of the issues Martin is currently dealing with are related to bullying.
- Martin has reportedly been in touch with concerned teammates and hopes to “eventually” return to the team.
Previous reports indicated that Martin’s absence stemmed from an incident that took place in the team’s cafeteria earlier this week and ongoing bullying from teammates. But that apparently is not the case.
The Dolphins have placed Martin on the non-football injury list to allow him to address his personal issues.
Miami managed to get by without their starting left tackle on Thursday night and come away with a win, but they could certainly use some more help upfront.
- Glazer mentions that Martin’s teammates were joking with him in the team’s cafeteria earlier this week when “flipped out, smashed a food tray on the ground, took off, and they haven’t seen him since.”
- Glazer adds that this incident was “basically final straw for him.”
- Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network confirms that Martin had an “emotional breakdown” at the team facility and is now seeking mental counseling.
- Darlington adds that Martin is currently spending time with his family.
Miami currently has Martin listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game with an “illness.” Meanwhile, HC Joe Philbin refused to discuss any player who did not participate in the team’s Wednesday practice.
The Dolphins really need help at offensive tackle and that’s with Martin in their lineup, so it’s not going to be easy for them to handle a very tough Bengals defensive front in Week 9.
We’ll have more on Martin’s situation as the news is available.