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Monday, November 4, 2013
Decision looming on Jonathan Martin, too

By James Walker

Richie Incognito is now suspended. But the Miami Dolphins have one more day to decide on the immediate future of right tackle Jonathan Martin.

Miami’s starter is currently on the Non-football Illness list. The Dolphins have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET to determine whether to take Martin off the list to return or keep him out the rest of the year.

Martin left the Dolphins last Monday following a lunchroom prank gone awry. Multiple reports from ESPN and other media outlets have indicated Martin has been a subject of persistent harassment from teammates. Martin’s representatives called the Dolphins on Sunday to outline those concerns, and the team suspended Incognito the same day.

Can the situation be resolved by Tuesday afternoon? If not, that means Martin most likely will not return to the team and be taken off the list. It's possible that Martin played his last game for the Dolphins this year. Tyson Clabo could fill in at right tackle in the final eight games.

Bringing Martin back into Miami’s locker room too soon could be toxic for both Martin and a Dolphins (4-4) team still fighting for a wild-card spot in the AFC. There are too many unresolved issues on both sides, and this situation appears to be just scratching the surface over the next few days and weeks.