DAVIE, Fla. – Some Miami Dolphins underwent interrogation Monday by an NFL special investigator, although they had already addressed one pressing question: Would they fold on the season?
New York attorney Ted Wells began interviewing players regarding the harassment case involving tackle Jonathan Martin and suspended guard Richie Incognito. Wells’ visit was expected to last at least two or three days, ensuring further distractions for a team trying to keep its season from derailing.
On Sunday, the Dolphins beat San Diego 20-16 to improve to 5-5 and remain in the race for an AFC wild-card berth.
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“It’s going to come down to a tight finish, and we have to win,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said.
The Dolphins will try to do so while ensnared in the biggest scandal in franchise history. Martin left the team three weeks ago and alleges he was harassed daily by teammates, including Incognito.
On Friday, Martin spent nearly seven hours talking with Wells. Before the attorney began his interviews with other players, he released a statement.
“We look forward to meeting with Dolphins players, coaches and staff in order to get the facts and prepare a thorough and fair report,” Wells said. “The Dolphins organization has been very helpful in arranging the interviews and urging their personnel to cooperate ….”
Wells was appointed Nov. 6 by league commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate the Dolphins’ workplace and prepare a report that will be made public.
“As we’ve said from Day One, we’re going to fully cooperate,” coach Joe Philbin said.
Martin, a second-year pro from Stanford, has been with family in California, undergoing counseling for emotional issues.
Incognito filed a grievance last week against the Dolphins, seeking to rejoin the team.
Moore has surgery
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.– Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore underwent emergency surgery to staunch bleeding in the muscle sheath in his lower left leg, a condition known as lateral compartment syndrome that can cost patients a limb or their life.
Moore, who is expected to make a full recovery, is out indefinitely. He left the Broncos’ 27-17 victory over Kansas City in the first half Sunday and was replaced by Mike Adams.
During the night, Moore called the team’s athletic trainer, Steve Antonopulos, because he was still experiencing pain and swelling, interim coach Jack Del Rio said.
Antonopulos arranged for Moore to be examined by the team’s medical staff.
Moore, who remained hospitalized Monday, will not play Sunday when the Broncos (9-1) visit the New England Patriots.
• Indianapolis linebacker Erik Walden’s head-butt and Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson’s helmet-to-helmet hit resulted in one-game suspensions from the league.
Walden pulled off the helmet of Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker, then slammed his own helmet into Walker’s head during Indianapolis’ game against the Titans on Thursday. Walden was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct but not ejected from the Tennessee game.
Goldson, a former Washington Husky, was penalized for unnecessary roughness for his hit on a defenseless receiver, Roddy White, against Atlanta. It was Goldson’s third such violation this season.
• Coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers (6-4) is challenging himself to do a better job.
“I’m attacking the day with enthusiasm unknown to mankind,” he said. “Win or lose, that’s the approach. Win, come back and make sure that you can contribute anything you can to the winning. If you lose, you want to come back and make sure that darn near never happens again.”
• Thomas Howard, a 30-year-old linebacker who was released last week by Atlanta after playing two games this season, died Monday morning after a high-speed car crash on a freeway in Oakland, Calif.
The former Oakland Raider was one of two men who died in the crash. The driver of the other car, 64-year-old Zenglong Liu of Hayward, Calif., also died, police said.
Howard was driving a BMW when he hit a big rig, flipped over the center divider and went head-on into Liu’s vehicle traveling on the other side around 1 a.m., a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. Witnesses said Howard was going at least 100 mph before making contact with the truck.
|Teddy Williams, WR||Cardinals||Knee||Out for season|
|Rahim Moore, S||Broncos||Leg||Out indefinitely|
|Josh Robinson, CB||Vikings||Sternum||Out 4-6 weeks|
|Jay Cutler, QB||Bears||Ankle||Won’t play Sunday|
|Wes Welker, WR||Broncos||Concussion||Uncertain|
|Mason Foster, LB||Buccaneers||Concussion||Uncertain|
|Craig Robertson, LB||Browns||Knee||Uncertain|
|Mike Iupati, G||49ers||Knee||Uncertain|
|Jabari Greer, CB||Saints||Knee||Uncertain|
|Stephen Paea, DT||Bears||Toe||Uncertain|