Grievance or not, Dolphins are 10 days away from Incognito decision

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Lost in the fact that suspended Dolphins guard Richie Incognito’s official challenge to his ongoing suspension starts Thursday is that, in 10 days, the team will have to reinstate him.  Or cut him.

Under the labor deal, a team can suspended a player up to four games for conduct detrimental to the team.  For Incognito, the fourth game comes on December 1, when the Dolphins travel to New York (OK, New Jersey) to face the Jets.

With the grievance hearing reportedly expected to last several days, it’s highly unlikely that Incognito would be reinstated in time for Sunday’s game against the Panthers.  Based on multiple reports, it’s also unlikely that the Dolphins would bring him back, either now or later.

That’s the real issue for the final month of the regular season.  Unless the Dolphins can conjure an excuse for suspending Incognito again, they’ll have to let him play for them — or cut him and let him play for another team.

At some point in the next 10 days, the Dolphins will have to confront that dilemma, which could result in Incognito helping an AFC team other than the Dolphins capture the wild-card berth the Dolphins currently are chasing.

11 responses to “Grievance or not, Dolphins are 10 days away from Incognito decision

  1. What the Dolphins should do is flog the idea that by suspending Incognito, he HAS been punished for his allegedly insensitive remarks and behavior, and then bring him back.

  2. If cut, he gets paid remaining salary, correct? If that is the case, I would have him return pending something more shocking coming.

  3. He should have filed the grievance day 1, and not let the Dolphins steal his salary for 4 weeks. It’s now obvious that Martin is playing a con game to set up a lawsuit, and incognito is the scapegoat.

  4. I won’t go into specifics but there are many teams in the NFL, both current and former, that have alowed players to remain on the team that have committed far more heinous acts than Cogs. I say bring him back and put him on a very short leash. Go Fins.

  5. Yeah… Martin is playing a con game!!!

    That’s why the NFL uncovered more information about other episodes of richie incognito making racial slurs/comments about co-workers and co-workers family members.

    incognito screwed his teammates and employer.

    What a loser.

  6. Stephen Ross cares about his reputation as a team owner too much to allow Incognito to return to the team. This is why he is not a good owner, he knows nothing about how to win in the NFL. Only the teams with balls win, and it starts from the top.

  7. You can see there is conflict between the players and the organization and the lack of respect from the players shows by their actions. I.E. Pouncy publicly stating his position on the issue by telling the press he watched last weeks game on TV with Incognito.

  8. Don’t like Incognito. Never have ,never will but he should not be made the scapegoat in this mess. The person or persons that gave the green light/instructed the number one asshat in the NFL to work his magic on Martin should have their future(s) freed up immediately. Telling the fox to guard the chicken coup. If the Fins want a guy like incognito on their team,bring him back. The guys above him are another story.

  9. The smart thing to do, would be to cut him loose. This sends the message that this type of behavior wont be tolerated, and effectively goes a long way to fixing the incredible PR problem the fins have in this situation. Unfortunately, that’s also pretty much a death sentence for Miami’s season, they just can’t afford another loss to the OL.

    Regardless, I don’t see Martin coming back to Miami period.

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