Tracking Richie Incognito and Dolphins After Suspension Is Reportedly Lifted

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 4, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 12

Richie Incognito discussed the saga surrounding him on his Twitter account:

Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 5

Tom Pelissero of USA Today has the latest on the Dolphins:

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Miami Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito reportedly has had his indefinite suspension for his alleged role in the reported bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin lifted.        

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald clarified Tuesday that although Incognito is no longer suspended, it does not mean he is part of the Dolphins organization:

Incognito tweeted this on the day his suspension was lifted:

A source previously told Salguero on Nov. 4, 2013, that Incognito was indeed done in Miami:

Richie Incognito remains suspended by the Dolphins for conduct detrimental to the team but his fate on this team long-term is already sealed, a source tells The Miami Herald.

"He's done," a ranking club source said Monday. "There are procedures in place and everyone wants to be fair. The NFL is involved. But from a club perspective he'll never play another game here."

Before the suspension, Incognito vehemently denied any wrongdoing and targeted ESPN's Adam Schefter in a string of tweets, claiming that his sources were inaccurate. The tweets have since been deleted from Incognito's official page.

Schefter, though not directly at Incognito, fired back in documenting the voice-mail message Incognito reportedly left Martin, which outlined some of the bullying Martin experienced:

However, it appears that Incognito may not necessarily have been the instigator in this relationship. Over 1,000 text messagesmany of which are NSFWexchanged between him and Martin were recently released, per The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre. The messages appear to show few, if any, signs of Martin being bullied and feature the two linemen frequently joking with one another.

The previous implication that Incognito was the prime culprit of the bullying being carried out against his second-year teammate out of Stanford landed him on the team's suspended list after Week 9 for the remainder of the season.

His suspension was meant to end after Miami's Week 15 game against the New England Patriots but didn't, per's Dan Hanzus. Nevertheless, Incognito was still paid throughout the year, rather than being released or reinstated.

Incognito is slated to be an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, so he can go as he pleases and get away from this prolonged fiasco.

Schefter reported on Dec. 1, 2013, that head coach Joe Philbin wanted to release Incognito back in 2012 after the lineman allegedly harassed a volunteer at a charity golf tournament.

Martin left the Dolphins before Week 9's Thursday-night game against the Cincinnati Bengals after a teammate played a prank on him and he "flipped out," as FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported, via Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post.

Last summer, several Miami players organized a trip to Las Vegas, where Incognito urged Martin to pay $15,000 in expenses, per's James Walker. That report also noted Martin has sought professional help for "emotional issues," which is at least in part due to Incognito's racially charged voice mail.

The 30-year-old Incognito was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2012, but his name had been tainted even before this unfortunate incident, once labeled the dirtiest player in the NFL.    

Being a tough, relentless pest on the gridiron can actually be an asset to a team in getting under the opponent's skin. Along with the release of the text messages that should help clear up what happened in the bullying saga, Incognito's prospects of playing for another NFL team look a lot better than they have in recent months.