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NFL roundup: Dolphins owner plans task force

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Team owner Stephen Ross said Monday he plans to set up a task force to look into the Miami Dolphins' organization in response to the offensive tackle Jonathan Martin's departure and the suspension of guard Richie Incognito.

Ross also said he is scheduled to meet with Martin on Wednesday to discuss the issues related to him leaving the team, although he would not disclose the location of that meeting.

Ross said the task force would consist of five to seven members and could be expanded to as many as nine members.

At the moment, that committee is scheduled to include former NFL head coach Tony Dungy, former Dolphins head coach Don Shula, former Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, former Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor and former NFL running back Curtis Martin.

Jonathan Martin left the team Oct. 28 after an alleged lunchroom prank in which some teammates, including Incognito, refused to sit next to him. Martin is in Los Angeles with his family and receiving counseling for emotional issues.

Meanwhile, ESPN reported Martin wants to return to the NFL at some point, but he does not feel he can play with the Dolphins anymore and is unlikely to play again this season.

Fox Sports reported Monday that Martin plans to release a video statement, perhaps this week, explaining in detail why he left the team.

---Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak returned to work after missing a week because of a mini-stroke, according to the NFL Network.

Kubiak collapsed at halftime of the Texans' Nov. 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts. He was hospitalized with a transient ischemic attack.

According to the report, Kubiak is not planning to work a full day. He visited practice last week, and communicated with assistant coaches via telephone during his absence.

---The Chicago Bears announced that they placed cornerback Charles Tillman on injured reserve with a triceps injury and quarterback Jay Cutler is week-to-week with a high ankle sprain.

Tillman will miss eight weeks, meaning he is out for the regular season.

Quarterback Josh McCown will start for the Bears on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

---Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning aggravated an ankle injury during Sunday's win over the San Diego Chargers but will not miss any games.

An MRI on Manning's injured right ankle revealed no new damage, according to the NFL Network report.

--- The Seattle Seahawks activated wide receiver Percy Harvin from the physically unable to perform lost on Monday, and Harvin is expected to make his season debut against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, on Sunday. Harvin has been recovering from offseason hip surgery.

The Seahawks also released defensive tackle Michael Brooks.

---Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told ESPN 710 radio in Seattle Monday that cornerback Brandon Browner will miss extended time with a groin injury.

Browner did not play in the Seahawks' 33-10 rout of the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

---Nick Foles will work with the first-team offense when the Philadelphia Eagles resume practice on Tuesday, but Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he will not name the team's No. 1 quarterback until Michael Vick is healthy.

Foles has been outstanding the past two games as a replacement for Vick, who is out with a hamstring injury.

Kelly said he plans to take it day by day until Vick is ready to return to action. It's unclear when Vick will be able to come back.

---New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro posted on Instagram that he will miss this Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers because of a concussion.

Vaccaro was injured during Sunday's 49-17 blowout over the Dallas Cowboys.

---Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is out for three or four weeks with a hamstring pull, ESPN.com reported.

Lee was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's 49-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

---Quarterback Matt Flynn was scheduled to work out for the Green Bay Packers on Monday.

The Packers lost starter Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) and backup Seneca Wallace (groin) to injuries in back-to-back games. Wallace was replaced Sunday by Scott Tolzien, who was already named the starter for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.
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