Dolphins place Jonathan Martin on non-football illness list, ending his 2013 season

The Miami Dolphins might be far from done with the Jonathan Martin saga, but Martin will be done with the Dolphins this season, the team has confirmed.

Martin was placed on the non-football illness list, and he cannot play for the remainder of this season. There are some exceptions to the rule — such as the San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith, who was in rehab — but not in this case.

Martin has been in discussions with both Martin and Richie Incognito, the two centerpieces in a controversial hazing case, and it's possible that Martin being given this designation was done in accord with Martin and his camp.

This frees up a roster spot for the Dolphins, who are expected to address the situation after Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

There is a very good chance that neither player ever will suit up again for the Dolphins, who previously had suspended Incognito with pay while NFL investigator Ted Wells continues conducting his investigation on the situation.

Wells' case could be presented to team officials and the NFL soon, as all parties seek to end this story as quickly and cleanly as possible.

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