|NFL roundup: Dolphins OL Richie Incognito, Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon suspended; Eagles QB Nick Foles ties record||11.04.13 at 12:11 pm ET|
The Dolphins suspended Richie Incognito indefinitely on Sunday for his alleged harassment of Miami offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the team early last week for emotional reasons.
Incognito’s suspension, for conduct detrimental to the team, ame three days after the Dolphins’ 22-20 overtime win over the Bengals. During that time, specifics of the bullying of Martin became apparent.
EPSN’s Adam Schefter revealed that a message left on Martin’s phone by Incognito served as the main piece of evidence for his suspension. Incognito also reportedly asked Martin to fund a trip to Las Vegas with teammates. Martin did not go, but he paid $15,000 toward the trip. A lunchroom incident reportedly set off Martin and led to his absence.
Miami selected Martin in the second round of the 2012 draft. The left tackle started all 16 games last season and the team’s first seven games this year.
Incognito joined the Dolphins in 2010, and is a member of Miami’s six-player leadership council. Controversy has followed Incognito in his nine-year NFL career. Last year, a Sporting News player poll had Incognito as the second-dirtiest player in the NFL. In 2009, Incognito and then-Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo got into a verbal confrontation on the sideline, and St. Louis waived him a few days later. He missed the entire 2004 college season at Nebraska for off-field issues.
• Apparently, Justin Blackmon did not learn his lesson.
Just one month after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, Blackmon was suspended again on Sunday, this time for at least the duration of season. He’s eligible to file for reinstatement prior to the start of next season.
|NFL roundup: Eagles QB Michael Vick, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III injured; Lions WR Calvin Johnson nearly sets record||10.28.13 at 11:44 am ET|
Michael Vick found himself in a position that’s becoming increasingly familiar midway through the Eagles’ loss to the Giants on Sunday: seated on the bench with an injury.
Vick exited in the second quarter of the 15-7 loss with a hamstring injury.
After the game, Vick explained that he felt a “pop” in his left hamstring, which he originally injured in Philadelphia’s first matchup with the Giants in Week 5. That injury forced him to miss Week 6 and 7.
It’s unclear exactly when the aggravation occurred, although Vick looked hampered from the opening drive.
Backup quarterback Matt Barkley entered the game with 2:24 remaining and Philadelphia trailing 12-0. Vick left throwing the ball 6-for-9 for 30 yards and one interception, which came on the team’s first drive.
Vick started Sunday in place of the injured Nick Foles, who had replaced Vick the last two weeks. In six games, Vick has thrown for 1,215 yards, a 54.6 completion percentage, five touchdowns and three interceptions, and run for 308 yards on 34 attempts.
• After tearing his right ACL last season, Robert Griffin III appears to have dodged a bullet, as he said after Sunday’s game that the left knee injury that forced him out of the Redskins’ 45-21 loss to the Broncos is not serious.
With less than five minutes left in the game, Griffin was driven to the ground by defensive tackle Terrance Knighton while attempting a pass, and Knighton landed on Griffin’s knee.
|Michael Vick out, backup Nick Foles ‘excited’ to start for Eagles on Sunday||11.16.12 at 10:35 am ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Friday that Nick Foles will start in place of Michael Vick when the Eagles take on Washington on Sunday.
Vick is out with post-concussion issues following the Cowboys game last week. Vick did not practice all week and was suffering from headaches. Doctors did not clear him to play this week.
After relieving Vick during last Sunday’s game, Foles practiced with the first team all week, taking snaps in preparation for his first career start.
“I’m ready,” Foles said on Wednesday. “I’m excited to just play again. Like I said before, my prayers are with Mike, I just want Mike to be healthy. But it’s my time to go out there and just play and do everything I can for this team and help in any way possible.”
|Eagles QB Michael Vick misses Wednesday’s practice, Week 11 status uncertain||11.14.12 at 7:34 pm ET|
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick did not practice on Wednesday but has not been officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Redskins.
Vick suffered a concussion in the second quarter of a 38-23 loss to Cowboys this past Sunday and his availability this week is uncertain.
ESPN reports that a source has said backup Nick Foles will, in fact, make the start on Sunday, but the team has not confirmed.
Foles, a rookie, took first-team snaps at Wednesday’s practice and would make his first career start if Vick has to miss the game.
Foles was 22-of-32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception after replacing Vick. The Eagles couldn’t muster a win, though, and dropped their fifth straight game.
Eagles coach Andy Reid offered little insight into Vick’s condition but said he was resting.
“Michael’s in a good place,” Reid said. “He’s hurting a little bit from the concussion, but he’s in a good place. I haven’t tried to overburden him right now.”
The Eagles and Redskins are tied for last place in the NFC East.
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