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Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin reportedly goes AWOL after teammates play a joke on him

Jonathan Martin's strange absence from the Dolphins has developed into one of the more unusual stories of this NFL season.

Martin, who is in his second season and has started all seven games for Miami this season, was listed as doubtful on the Dolphins' injury report with an "illness." Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported that there's much more to it.

According to the report, Martin left the team after his teammates played a joke on him in the team cafeteria on Monday. His teammates walked away from him when he sat down, apparently joking about him being sick, and Martin "flipped out." Via the Miami Herald, citing Glazer's report, Martin smashed a food tray on the floor of the team's lunch room, and left. He hasn't returned to the team.

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Here are some updates from Glazer and's Jeff Darlington:

It seems like Martin is dealing with a lot. This incident is something the Dolphins obviously didn't expect to be dealing with in the middle of the season, but the bigger concern has to be with Martin's well being.

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