Miami Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito has filed a grievance against the Dolphins, challenging his "indefinite suspension."
The legal maneuver isn't surprising considering Incognito hopes to return to the team before the season concludes.
The Dolphins, in a statement, said, “Our organizational policy is not to comment on grievance matters.”
An NFL Players Association statement said in part that Incognito wants to 'immediately resume playing for the team.'
The Dolphins (4-5) suspended Incognito last week for conduct detrimental to the team for allegedly bullying fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the team more than two weeks ago complaining that the Dolphins fostered a hostile working environment.
Martin is scheduled to meet with Ted Wells, the NFL's independent investigator, on Friday. There is a chance Martin will detail the instances of harassment involving Incognito and other teammates.
Under Article 43 of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, an NFL team can only suspend their players for a maximum of four games because of conduct detrimental to the team. However, additional games can be added by the league.
Because of the suspension Incognito will lose $1.27 million in salary for the four games he misses.
The Dolphins have never defined the length of Incognito's suspension, and coach Joe Philbin said that will be determined by the NFL's investigation.
Richie Incognito filed a non-injury grievance against his employer, the Miami Dolphins, pursuant to his rights under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The grievance challenges his suspension for conduct which was alleged to have occurred while he was with the club. In the grievance, Incognito requests that the hearing be held on an expedited basis so that he can immediately resume playing for the team. The NFL Players Association will continue to protect the rights of all players.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun