Monday, December 9, 2013
Richie Incognito decision one week away
By James Walker
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins have exactly one week to make a roster decision with embattled guard Richie Incognito. He’s currently suspended with pay while the NFL investigates his conduct toward teammate Jonathan Martin, who claims he was bullied and harassed by Incognito.
The Dolphins and Incognito agreed to an extension last month to prolong the suspension, with pay, from four to six weeks. The new deadline is Monday, Dec. 16. The goal was for the Dolphins to have more information on the NFL’s investigation into the matter.
Lead investigator Ted Wells has yet to complete his report. Last week, I reported that Wells met with Martin for a second round of questioning. ESPN’s Adam Schefter also reports that Wells is expected to meet a second time with Incognito and select Dolphins players soon.
I still hold firm to my prediction that Incognito played his last down in Miami. The Dolphins (7-6) are in the playoff hunt and playing some of their best football without Incognito. Miami's offensive line is coming together and the team rushed for a season-high 181 yards Sunday in a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Regardless of who is culpable in this complex saga, bringing Incognito back would cause a huge distraction to a Miami group that’s had more than its fair share. The Dolphins are just starting to get the focus back solely on football. It’s best for Miami to let Incognito go for the final two games of the season.