Plenty of Dolphins players would welcome guard Richie Incognito back to the team. Team management obviously feels otherwise, as evidenced by its ongoing suspension of Incognito.
Lost in the speculation about a coming legal fight between the Dolphins and tackle Jonathan Martin is the reality that the ball sits on the tee for formal proceedings between Incognito and the Dolphins.
We’ve repeatedly heard that Incognito will challenge his suspension via a grievance. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Incognito currently is considering all options, with multiple angles under consideration to support his position that the suspension was not justified.
The attack could come by challenging the substance of Martin’s complaints, by arguing that Incognito’s conduct toward Martin was no different than the conduct of other teammates, and/or by claiming he was merely “toughening up” Martin at the behest of the coaching staff.
Regardless of Incognito’s potential strategy, the reality is that the suspension can last only four games. After that, the Dolphins have to either bring Incognito back or cut him. He can’t be sent home with pay for the rest of the year, and he can’t be suspended again unless and until he gives the team another reason to do so.
On that point, here’s something to keep in mind. Just as we didn’t know about the golf-course incident until recently, there’s a chance Incognito has done other things that have yet to become public, but that the Dolphins will cite in support of their suspension of Incognito.