The Miami Dolphins are getting hit from all angles this week.
In addition to the NFL investigation coming Monday to Davie, Fla., with questions about the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying scandal, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports Incognito’s grievance hearing also is scheduled for Thursday.
Incognito filed his grievance with the Dolphins last week in an effort to recoup the $1.176 million he stands to lose during his suspension. The Dolphins have until Dec. 2 to decide whether to release Incognito or place him back on the 53-man roster. Miami is in the process of making changes and is expected to cut Incognito once the suspension concludes.
Keep in mind, all of this is going on in addition to Miami’s preparation for its big game against the talented Carolina Panthers, who have won five straight. The Dolphins (5-5) are in the thick of the wild-card race in the AFC and need a good week of preparation and focus to win this game.
“You can’t let it [bother you]. You really can’t,” Dolphins defensive tackle Jared Odrick said after Sunday’s win against the San Diego Chargers. “You have to focus on what’s important as a professional and as a player, and focus on your job. There’s always going to be distractions.”
The Dolphins are tied with the Jets (5-5) for the final wild-card spot in the AFC. Miami will play the Jets twice in the month of December.