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NFL roundup: Philbin gives timeline for Incognito suspension

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Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin met with offensive tackle Jonathan Martin last week and said on Monday that no accusations of misconduct were raised until Sunday, when Martin's representatives contacted the team.

Philbin said he had enough information to make a decision as of Sunday to suspend offensive guard Richie Incognito, but would not discuss details of conversations with either player.

Philbin and owner Stephen Ross agreed to request an objective NFL investigation into the matter.

"I take this responsibility very seriously," Philbin said at his weekly press conference on Monday. "If the review shows this is not a safe atmosphere, I will take whatever steps necessary to make sure it is."

Incognito is unlikely to return to the team.

Martin, who left the Dolphins last week amid reports of bullying from teammates, specifically feared retribution from Incognito, according to ESPN, and shared the content of the text and voice messages, with family, the team and the NFL.

According to multiple reports, Incognito sent intimidating text messages to Martin, including one in which Incognito refers to Martin, who is biracial, as a "half-(racial slur)" and also includes disturbing threats against him and his family.

--- Denver Broncos head coach John Fox underwent heart valve replacement surgery Monday morning, the team announced.

"Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox underwent successful aortic valve replacement surgery this morning at Carolinas HealthCare System's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte," Broncos team officials said in a statement Monday. "He is currently in the hospital's post-operative critical care unit, where his recovery is being monitored by doctors."

There is no immediate timetable for Fox to return to the team and the Broncos have no plans for Fox to be indirectly involved remotely during his recovery at his home near Charlotte, N.C.

The Broncos announced that defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was named interim head coach.

---Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak remains hospitalized and is scheduled to undergo tests to determine whether he had a stroke Sunday night, ESPN reported.

Kubiak collapsed while jogging off the field toward the locker room at halftime Sunday night at Reliant Stadium.

According to the report, Kubiak received intravenous tissue plasminogen activator, which is prescribed to break up blood clots.

Kubiak's family said he was "feeling good," ESPN said.

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will act as head coach in Kubiak's absence.

---Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, a Pro Bowl selection last year, could be out until December with a broken foot. Rudolph was injured on a touchdown catch Sunday at Dallas.

---The San Francisco 49ers announced they activated wide receiver Mario Manningham from the physically unable to perform list, cornerback Eric Wright from the reserve/non-football injury list and waived cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

---The Buffalo Bills cleared injured quarterback EJ Manuel to practice. Manuel has been out the past month with a knee injury and may not be ready to play for another couple of weeks.

The Bills released quarterback Matt Flynn. The team signed Flynn in October.

---The Cincinnati Bengals placed defensive tackle Geno Atkins on injured reserve.

Atkins, in his fourth season, is out for the season with a torn ACL. He sustained the injury last Thursday against the Miami Dolphins.

---The Jacksonville Jaguars signed first-year wide receiver Kerry Taylor and second-year tight end Danny Noble to the 53-man roster, the team announced.

To make room for Taylor and Noble on the roster, the Jaguars waived tight end D.J. Williams and placed wide receiver Justin Blackmon on the reserve/suspended list by the NFL. Also, the team released safety Dwight Lowery from injured reserve.

---Nick Foles, who tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in Sunday's victory over Oakland, will remain the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback for this Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

However, coach Chip Kelly refused to speculate who will be the starter after injured Michael Vick is ready to play. Vick is still out with a hamstring injury.

--- Christian Ponder will remain the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback for Thursday's game against Washington on Thursday.
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