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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- With Jonathan Martin the subject of reported bullying from some teammates, various Miami Dolphins players rallied early Friday around the inactive offensive tackle.The Miami coaching staff declined to provide much clarity following the team's 22-20 overtime win Thursday night over the Cincinnati Bengals, but several members of the team lined up to express their support for Martin, 24.
"Obviously, we care about J-Mart a lot; we just want him to be all right," said right tackle Tyson Clabo, who replaced Martin in the lineup Thursday. "I want him to come back to work. He's a talented, young football player. I can't say what he's feeling. But I know if and when he wants to come back, I will be there to shake his hand."
I can't say what he's feeling. But I know if and when he wants to come back, I will be there to shake his hand.” -- Tyson Clabo, who started
in place of Jonathan Martin on Thursday
Multiple sources told ESPN.com this week that teammates ribbed Martin in the lunch room Monday, which caused Martin to become angry and leave the team. Fox Sports reported Thursday that Martin also has been the subject of persistent bullying and teasing within the locker room.
Several teammates also hinted that Martin is dealing with stress and personal issues. Martin reportedly is receiving professional assistance for emotional issues.
"He just had some things going on," tailback Lamar Miller said. "But as a team, we just continued to stay focused."
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin read a prepared statement when asked about Martin during his postgame news conference. He declined to explain the situation any further.
"What I'd like to say in regards to Jonathan, any player with an injury or illness, our concern is for the health of the individual," Philbin said. "In respect to Jonathan, he's been excused with a non-football illness. Our concern and support are with him. That's all I'm going to say."
Several members of the Dolphins said Martin would be welcomed back to the team. But it's unknown at this point when or if Martin plans to return.
Clabo was asked whether he would reach out to Martin in the next several days.
"I haven't yet," Clabo said. "I'm just trying to let him figure out whatever he's trying to figure out. It's hard to say what's going on in somebody's mind."