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Miami Dolphins lift Richie Incognito's suspension

The Miami Dolphins have ended Richie Incognito's half-season suspension in an NFL transaction that's more of a formality than acknowledgment of innocence.

The move was formally done on the NFL's transaction wire on Feb. 4, 2014, and will allow Incognito, a four-year starter on the Dolphins' offensive line, to become an unrestricted free agent in the coming weeks.

According to the Dolphins, ended Incognito's formal suspension was something both parties agreed to back in December when Incognito allowed the franchise to extend his initial four-game suspension an addition four games with pay because of the ongoing Ted Wells investigation into the Dolphins' locker room culture.

Incognito is at the center of Wells' independent investigation because his former linemate, Jonathan Martin, left the team in late October claiming Incognito bullied him and created a hostile working environment.

Incognito fully cooperated with the NFL's probe, and the NFLPA's investigation into Martin's claims against him and the Dolphins, and hopes Wells' report clears his name, and allow him continue his nine-year NFL career.

Incognito, a 2012 Pro Bowl selection, has served as a Dolphins starter left guard for all 55 games he's played in Miami.

But according to Dolphins owner Steve Ross, Incognito won't be re-signed. Ross also doesn't anticipate Martin will ever play for the Dolphins again, but the franchise does own Martin's rights for the next two seasons. The Dolphins are expected to trade or release Martin this offseason.

However, nothing will get done before the NFL's report on the bullying saga gets released.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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