The latest development in the Jonathan Martin saga is perhaps the least surprising. Martin has been ruled out for Monday night’s game against the Buccaneers.
The move comes a day after Martin was listed as missing practice with an illness.
The illness, of course, is whatever condition prompted him to leave the team 11 days ago. As PFT has confirmed, Martin promptly sought and received treatment for emotional distress before returning to California with his family.
It’s unclear whether Martin currently has an actual illness, whether he simply isn’t ready to return, or whether the team isn’t ready to have him return.
Curiously, the Dolphins still have yet to place him on the non-football illness list, which would create a roster spot that could be used on a different player. It’s possible that the league has declined a request from the team to place Martin on the NFI list, given that the illness possibly isn’t a non-football illness.
Regardless, Martin currently is a non-football player, and there’s no end in sight to his absence from the team or from the game.