Dolphins, NFL to review of Martin’s allegations
By STEVEN WINE
The Associated Press | November 04,2013
Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin sits on the bench during last week’s game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.
MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins and the NFL are investigating allegations of player misconduct made Sunday by representatives of Jonathan Martin, the second-year lineman who has left the team to receive help for emotional issues.
The announcement by the Dolphins came Sunday afternoon, only a few hours after the team said Martin had not complained to the organization about bullying by other players. It was part of a busy day off for the team, one that included the posting of several tweets by offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who said he wants his name cleared after reports linked him to the Martin matter.
“We received notification today from Jonathan’s representation about allegations of player misconduct,” the Dolphins’ Sunday afternoon statement read. “We are taking these allegations very seriously and plan to review the matter further. We have also reached out to the NFL and asked them to conduct an objective and thorough review. As an organization, we are committed to a culture of team-first accountability and respect for one another.”
Martin left the Dolphins on Oct. 28, raising questions about the role harassment from teammates played in his sudden departure. It’s unclear whether or when he’s expected back.
His agent, Kenneth Zuckerman, declined to comment Sunday. The Dolphins resume practice Monday after three days off.
Martin’s departure came on the heels of a four-game losing streak. The resulting rumblings of locker-room dissension included reports of complaints by young players that they’re being pressured to pay more than their share when members of the team go out on the town or vacation together.
Some rookie hazing has long been part of the NFL, however.
“Everything tastes better when rookies pay for it,” veteran Miami defensive lineman Jared Odrick tweeted Friday.
The Dolphins (4-4), who beat Cincinnati on Thursday, next play at Tampa Bay on Nov. 11.
The Dolphins have attributed Martin’s absence to an illness not tied to football. On Sunday they said the team, “including coach Joe Philbin and Jonathan’s teammates, have been in communication with Jonathan and his family since his departure from the club, and continue to be in contact. Our primary concern for Jonathan is his overall health and well-being.”
On Saturday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press the NFL Players Association planned to look into the matter in the coming week.
Martin played in Miami’s loss at New England on Oct. 27 and was at the Dolphins’ complex the next day before leaving the team. He missed the victory over Cincinnati.
—Nick Foles, Eagles, was 22 for 28 for 406 yards and an NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes in Philadelphia’s 49-20 win over Oakland. Foles is one of seven players in NFL history to throw seven touchdown passes in a single game and joins Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle (Oct. 28, 1962) and Peyton Manning (Sept. 5, 2013) as the only ones to accomplish the feat without throwing an interception.
—Tom Brady, Patriots, finished 23 for 33 for a season-high 432 yards and four touchdowns in New England’s 55-31 victory over Pittsburgh.
—Tony Romo, Cowboys, was 34 for 51 for 337 yards with two touchdown passes and an interception in Dallas’ 27-23 win over Minnesota.
—Jason Campbell, Browns, was 23 for 35 for 262 yards and three touchdown passes in Cleveland’s 24-18 win over Baltimore.
—Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, was 28 for 48 for 400 yards and four touchdown passes and two interceptions in Pittsburgh’s 55-31 loss to New England.
—Mike James, Buccaneers, had 28 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown pass in Tampa Bay’s 27-24 overtime loss to Seattle.
—Chris Johnson, Titans, had 23 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee’s 28-21 win over St. Louis.
—Adrian Peterson, Vikings, finished with 25 carries for 140 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s 27-23 loss to Dallas.
—Chris Ivory, Jets, had 18 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown in New York’s 26-20 win over New Orleans.
—Zac Stacy, Rams, had 27 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns in St. Louis’ 28-21 loss to Tennessee.
—Alfred Morris and Darrel Young, Redskins. Morris 25 had carries for 121 yards and a touchdown and Young had five carries for 12 yards and three touchdowns in Washington’s 30-24 overtime win over San Diego.
—C.J. Spiller, Bills, had 12 carries for 116 yards in Buffalo’s 23-13 loss to Kansas City.
—Stevan Ridley, Patriots, had 26 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns in New England’s 55-31 win over Pittsburgh.
—Pierre Garcon, Redskins, had seven catches for 172 yards in Washington’s 30-24 overtime win over San Diego.
—Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola, Patriots. Gronkowski had a career-high nine catches for 143 yards and a touchdown, Dobson had five catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns and Amendola had four catches for 122 yards and a touchdown in New England’s 55-31 victory over Pittsburgh.
—Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson, Eagles. Cooper had five receptions for 139 yards and three touchdowns and Jackson had five catches for 150 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia’s 49-20 victory over Oakland.
—Jimmy Graham, and Robert Meachem, Saints. Graham had nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns and Meachem had four catches for 93 yards in New Orleans’ 26-20 loss to the New York Jets.
—Keenan Allen, Chargers, had eight catches for 128 yards and a touchdown in San Diego’s 30-24 overtime loss to Washington.
—Jason Witten, Cowboys, had eight catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ 27-23 win over Minnesota.
—Nick Folk, Jets, was 4 for 4 on field goals in New York’s 26-20 win over New Orleans. Folk has made all 23 field-goal attempts to start the season. His streak of 23 consecutive field goals made is the longest current streak in the NFL and Folk’s streak of 23 field goals made in a row to start a season is the longest in franchise history.
—The San Diego Chargers blocked two field goal attempts and put two punts down at the 1-yard line in a 30-24 loss to the Washington Redskins. The Chargers hadn’t blocked a field-goal try since Nov. 3, 2002.
—Sean Smith and Tamba Hali, Chiefs. Smith returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and Hali returned a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown in Kansas City’s 23-13 win over Buffalo.
—Drayton Florence, Panthers, returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in Carolina’s 34-10 victory over Atlanta.
STREAKS & STATS
Tony Romo improved his record as a starter to 22-4 (.846) in the month of November, the highest mark by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era (minimum 20 starts). ... The Browns ended an 11-game losing streak against Baltimore, beating the Ravens 24-18. ... The Ravens have lost three straight, four of five and for the first time in six tries they failed to win under John Harbaugh in the week after a bye. ... The Vikings (1-7) are off to their worst start since the franchise’s debut in 1961. ... The Rams have lost three in a row. ... The Panthers have led at halftime in all eight games this season. ... Washington’s Santana Moss had his 700th career reception in a 30-24 win over the Chargers. ... St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher faced his former team, the Titans, and Tennessee won 28-21. Fisher, who spent 17 seasons (1994-2010) as the head coach of the Oilers/Titans, joined Hall of Famer Curley Lambeau as the only head coaches in NFL history to face a team that he led for at least 17 seasons.
Kansas City (9-0) remained the NFL’s only undefeated team and matched the best start in franchise history set in 2003. The Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to start 9-0 after posting the worst record in the league in the previous season. ... In the Super Bowl era, 18 teams have started 9-0 and all 18 qualified for the playoffs. Eleven of those 18 clubs advanced to the Super Bowl and seven won the Super Bowl. Kansas City coach Andy Reid is the third coach in NFL history to win his first nine games with a new team. He joins Jim Caldwell (14 with the 2009 Indianapolis Colts) and Wally Lemm (nine with the 1961 Houston Oilers) as the only head coaches to accomplish the feat. The Chiefs held their ninth consecutive opponent to 17 points or fewer to match an NFL record set by the 1977 Atlanta Falcons. Kansas City also snapped a six-game losing streak at Orchard Park that included two playoff losses, winning there for the first time since Sept. 28, 1986. ... The Jets win every other week. They tied the 2005 New England Patriots for the longest such string to begin a season, according to STATS. ... Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had a touchdown passing and rushing in the Panthers’ 34-10 win over Atlanta. Newton, who played in his 40th career game, has accounted for 79 career touchdowns (53 passing, 26 rushing), the fourth-most total touchdowns in a player’s first 40 games in NFL history. Hall of Famer Dan Marino (92) ranks first in the category. Newton is the only player in NFL history with at least 50 touchdowns passing and 25 touchdowns rushing in his first 40 games. The Seahawks overcame a 21-0 deficit in a 27-24 win over Tampa Bay. It was the largest deficit they overcame for a win in team history. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has won all 12 of his career starts at home and is one of only four players since the 1970 merger to start a career with 12 consecutive home wins. ... Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown his 200th touchdown pass. Roethlisberger is the second quarterback in Steelers history to reach the milestone. Terry Bradshaw is the other. He threw for 212 TDs from 1970-83. Roethlisberger reached No. 200 when he found Antonio Brown in the end zone in the second quarter against the New England Patriots. Roethlisberger then connected three times with Jerricho Cotchery in the second half to give him 203. That left Roethlisberger 32nd on the NFL’s career list, tied with Jim Everett. The Patriots beat the Steelers 55-31. The 55 points were the most scored in an NFL game this season and the most ever against the Steelers. The Patriots 610 yards were the third most in team history and the most ever allowed by Pittsburgh.
Arian Foster, Darren McFadden and Darren Sproles all went down with injuries on a painful day for some of the NFL’s most versatile running backs. After missing practice during the week with a hamstring injury, Foster started for the Houston Texans, but quickly injured his back and was ruled out for the rest of the game against Indianapolis. McFadden left with a hamstring injury early in the second quarter of a 49-20 defeat against Philadelphia, and quarterback Terrelle Pryor came out in the fourth with a knee problem that he does not believe is serious. The injury-prone McFadden had five carries for 12 yards and one catch for 3 yards before aggravating a hamstring that kept him out of one game already this season. New Orleans’ Sproles left a 26-20 loss to the New York Jets with a concussion and didn’t return.
“First-and-1 on the goal line? Most cases that’s a touchdown. Our defense, everybody looked in each other’s eyes. I could remember: `Do not cross this line, this goal line.’ On the field, London Fletcher and everybody reiterating it to each other, like: `They do not cross this line right here.”’ — Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo on his team’s defense late in the fourth quarter. The Redskins held the Chargers to a field and won 30-24 in overtime.
“After a game like this you don’t want to say, `Oh we were playing good, we almost had them. It doesn’t matter. We lost the game. I’m tired of losing. I’m tired of losing. We have to stop finding ways to beat ourselves. We just somehow find a way to not win. I don’t know.” — Tampa Bay Gerald McCoy after his team was unable to hold a 21-0 lead and lost 27-24 in overtime to Seattle.