Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has left the team after an altercation with teammates which took place on Monday.
The second-year veteran is reportedly with family seeking treatment.
According to a team source, Martin had been “dealing with a lot of stress, and he just snapped” during the team’s lunch hour.
According to Fox Sports, which first reported that Martin’s absence on Monday and Tuesday wasn’t illness related, the Dolphins’ 2012 second-round pick slammed a food tray on the ground after being teased by some teammates, and hasn’t been seen since.
Fox Sports reported that the Stanford graduate is receiving treatment. But it is unclear if he’s been admitted to a treatment facility.
Martin’s sudden disappearance is yet another layer of trouble that’s been heaped on the reeling Dolphins (3-4) as they prepare to host the red-hot Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) Thursday night at Sun Life Stadium.
The past week has seen the Dolphins in the news for issues on the field and off. And at the center of it all is stoic second-year coach Joe Philbin, who is trying to keep his team together amid a season that’s already included a player making an obscene gesture toward coaches after a sack, another player upset he didn’t have enough receptions during a victory, and season-ending knee injuries to two key players.
On Sunday, the Dolphins had their losing streak extended to four games as the result of a 27-17 loss at New England.
After the game center Mike Pouncey was issued a subpoena by Massachusetts state police as he left the locker room and head toward the team bus. The subpoena reportedly relates to a gun trafficking investigation tied to Aaron Hernandez,the former Patriots tight end who has been charged with murder.
Days before the game the Dolphins traded for left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who has made headlines during his career for numerous high-profile, off-field incidents.
McKinnie’s signing seemed to go against the Philbin philosophy. But the Dolphins were desperate to replace right tackle Tyson Clabo, who had allowed eight sacks through six games.
Because of McKinnie’s acquisition, Martin switched from left tackle to right tackle. He didn’t seem in favor of the change but indicated he’d be a team player.
“You can approach this two different ways,” he said. “You can go in the tank and be one of those guys who (complains) and moans and is a cancer in the locker room. Or you can be a guy who goes out there and can be a professional, play as hard as I can.
“My mindset is that I'm still going to try better and do whatever I can do help the team win.”
The Dolphins started McKinnie at left tackle against the Patriots, which featured Miami’s offensive line allowing six sacks, and moved Martin to right tackle. Martin allowed one sack and three hurries against New England.
He replaced Clabo, a nine-year veteran, who will start his 107 NFL game at right tackle on Thursday.
While the seriousness of Martin’s medical condition is uncertain, so is his status with the team moving forward.
Not helping matters if the fact Dion Sims, the Dolphins' best blocking tight end, is also listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game against a Bengals defense which has 22 sacks in eight games.
Sims has been sidelined by a toe injury he suffered against New England. His absence means Charles Clay and Michael Egnew are the only other available tight ends on Miami's 53-man roster. But the problem is both Clay and Egnew have been used more in a H-back/fullback role than on the line of scrimmage as a blocker. Neither have proven they are adequate blockers, which could complicate things for Miami’s offensive linemen.
It is possible the Dolphins could promote tight end Kyle Miller up from the practice squad. Miller spent most of last season on the Dolphins' 53-man roster, and has been on the practice squad since training camp.
It is also possible that offensive tackle Will Yeatman, a converted tight end, might return to the position he began his NFL career at, filling in for Sims in Miami's max protection package. Yeatman, a former tight end and lacrosse star at Maryland, has played tight end since his rookie season in 2011. The Dolphins have also used Nate Garner as part of an unbalanced line.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun