Dolphins' Jonathan Martin to meet with NFL investigator
Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin will meet late next week in Los Angeles with the NFL's special investigator to discuss allegations in the team's harassment scandal, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.
The person confirmed the upcoming meeting to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league and team haven't announced the details of the investigation.
Meeting with Martin will be Ted Wells, a senior partner in a New York law firm with experience in sports cases. Wells was appointed Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate possible misconduct in the Dolphins' workplace and prepare a report that will be made public.
Dolphins guard Richie Incognito was suspended in the wake of allegations by Martin, who is with his family in California to undergo counseling for emotional issues. Wells is investigating whether Incognito harassed or bullied Martin, and whether their teammates and the organization mishandled the matter.
Incognito also arrived in Los Angeles on Friday on a flight from Miami, WPLG-TV in Miami reported. His agent, David Dunn, is based in Southern California.
There were no plans for Incognito to meet with Martin, two people familiar with the situation told the AP on condition of anonymity because the NFL investigation is ongoing.
Incognito has long been regarded as among the NFL's dirtiest players, and has had brushes with the law. A police report that surfaced Thursday said a female volunteer at a Dolphins charity golf tournament in May 2012 complained that Incognito harassed her. According to the report filed in the Miami suburb of Aventura, the woman said Incognito touched her inappropriately with his golf club, leaned close to her as if dancing and then emptied bottled water in her face.
Incognito was not charged. The Dolphins declined to comment Friday.
The Dolphins (4-4) will play for the first time since the scandal broke Monday night at Tampa Bay (0-8). At least 75 reporters and cameramen tracking the case were in the locker room after Thursday's practice, but defensive end Cameron Wake said the scrutiny won't prevent the team from playing well.
"In the locker room this isn't an issue," Wake said. "We talk about football, we talk about making plays, stunts, tackling, catching the ball, whatever it may be. To me it's kind of silly. I'm in here trying to talk about football, and everybody wants to talk about something else."
The team had Friday off.
League levies fines
Washington linebacker London Fletcher and Tennessee defensive tackle Jurrell Casey were fined $15,750 apiece by the NFL for horse-collar tackles last weekend.
Casey's teammate, safety Bernard Pollard, lost $10,000 for what the NFL said Friday was "striking an opponent late" for a hit on St. Louis quarterback Kellen Clemens in the Titans' 28-21 victory over the Rams. There was no penalty called.
Casey was fined for the way he brought down running back Zac Stacy on a tackle that drew a flag for unnecessary roughness.
The NFL docked Fletcher for his horse-collar tackle of running back Danny Woodhead during the fourth quarter of Washington's 30-24 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers.
The league said that Browns receiver Greg Little was not fined after drawing two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Little pulled off the helmet of Ravens safety James Ihedigbo, then taunted the defensive back after a hit near the sideline.
Around the league
Broncos • Coach John Fox was released from the hospital and was resting at his offseason home in Charlotte, N.C., four days after undergoing heart surgery.
Buccaneers • Running back Doug Martin will miss the remainder of the season with a left shoulder injury that's sidelined him the past two games. The second-year pro was placed on injured reserve Friday. He started the first six games this season, rushing for 456 yards and one touchdown before being injured against Atlanta on Oct. 20.
Raiders • Running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) is expected to miss Sunday's game against the New York Giants, and Rashad Jennings will start.
Minnesota 34, Washington 27
Detroit at Chicago, 11 a.m.
Philadelphia at Green Bay, 11 a.m.
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 11 a.m.
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 11 a.m., Ch. 2
St. Louis at Indianapolis, 11 a.m.
Seattle at Atlanta, 11 a.m.
Oakland at N.Y. Giants, 11 a.m.
Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m.
Carolina at San Francisco, 2:05 p.m., Ch. 13
Denver at San Diego, 2:25 p.m., Ch. 2
Houston at Arizona, 2:25 p.m.
Dallas at New Orleans, 6:30 p.m., Ch. 5
Open: Cleveland, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets, New England
Miami at Tampa Bay, 6:40 p.m., ESPN