Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito is currently serving an indefinite suspension for his role in the harassment and bullying of fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, which ultimately caused him to leave the game, but he could soon be out of work.
According to reports, the Dolphins will have a tough decision to make in the near future that will involve either reinstating Incognito or cutting him loose.
Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, Incognito’s suspension for conduct detrimental to the Dolphins is indefinite. Under the labor deal between the NFL and the players’ union, however, the suspension can last a maximum of four games.
This means that, unless the Dolphins suspend Incognito for fewer than four games, the Dolphins will have to decide what to do with him by Monday, December 2 — the day after the fourth game of any suspension.
If Incognito is released, it will be interesting to see whether or not he gets picked up by a team that is looking to solidify their line in time for the playoffs. For a team that would consider adding Incognito, they would need to evaluate the decision and determine if the media circus that would follow by signing Incognito would be worth it.
Then, there is the other option.
If the Dolphins find themselves in the thick of the AFC Wild Card race, they could choose to reinstate Incognito and push forward in the final stretch of the season.
Incognito’s best bet at returning to an NFL locker room could be with the Dolphins since there has already been overwhelming support from his teammates, so we will have to wait and see what route the Dolphins ultimately decide to take.