Richie Incognito expects emotional day in return to Raiders Sunday


Richie Incognito is back with the Oakland Raiders following a two-game suspension for violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He’s also set to return to the field for his first meaningful NFL game since the end of the 2017 season when the Raiders take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Incognito said Wednesday he expects the game will be a bit emotional for him after a year away from the game.

It’ll be emotional for me and my family,” Incognito said, via Michael Wagaman of the Associated Press. “It’s been a long trip to get back here. We’re just checking another box.”

Incognito’s last game was a playoff loss with the Buffalo Bills against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jan. 2018. Since then, Incognito retired, then unretired. Demanded his release from the Bills, which he received, and pleaded guilty to a pair of incidents where he was charged with disorderly conduct.

The Raiders still saw an opportunity by bringing him into the fold this offseason. The prior incidents led to his suspension for the first two games of the regular season.

Incognito is trying to put all of that behind him and is excited to get back on the field with the Raiders this week.

“The suspension’s behind me, all the negative stuff is behind me. Just eyes forward, staying positive,” Incognito said. “Relishing the opportunity, enjoying every day in here because you don’t know how many more you’re going to have. And wanting to play well. Just really want to charge forward and make it right.”

13 responses to “Richie Incognito expects emotional day in return to Raiders Sunday

  1. ringheadcrusher says:
    September 19, 2019 at 10:24 am
    Yeah, Richie’s going to be violating some Vikings on Sunday. When he’s stable, there aren’t many guards better than this dude.

    Agree 100% I dont think I would like to going against him on his first game back. I have visions of him going water boy on some D linemen.

  2. Don’t forget the little incident Richie had with Mike Zimmer, where he said the Vikings were interested in signing him, Zimmer denied it vociferously, Richie freaked out and called Zimmer a liar, and then Richie finally wound up apologizing. I think Zimmer might dial up a lot of pressure up the middle this week.

  3. I have a hard time trolling on a player whose misbehavior has its roots in legitimate mental illness — I wish the guy the best except for this weekend. Actually it looks like the Raiders OTs have played fairly well this year, so the Vikes may have to test Cognito and the interior of the Raiders O-line.

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