Incognito files grievance

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Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has filed a non-football injury grievance against the club, the NFL Players Association announced Thursday.
Incognito is challenging his status as "indefinitely suspended" for conduct detrimental.
The Dolphins suspended Incognito Nov. 3 after receiving evidence from tackle Jonathan Martin regarding alleged harassment, including a voice message in which Incognito used a racial slur.
The grievance will be heard by an independent arbitrator, according to ESPN.
"The grievance challenges his suspension for conduct which was alleged to have occurred while he was with the club," the NFLPA said in a statement. "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."
The suspension was indefinite, but that the Dolphins can keep him away for a maximum of four games. As of Monday, Dec. 2, the team has to reinstate him or cut him.
An expedited hearing could reduce his absence, forcing the Dolphins to bring him back or cut him sooner than Dec. 2.
Incognito has missed one game. If the arbitrator finds that no suspension was warranted, Incognito would be eligible to receive his game check for the Week 10 game at Tampa, and for any other games he misses before he is reinstated.
Under Article 43 of the collective bargaining agreement, the maximum a player can be suspended by a team for conduct detrimental is four weeks plus an additional game check. In this case, that would amount to $1,276,470.59.
Incognito deflected blame for many of his harsh actions against Martin during an interview with Fox Sports last Sunday. He also accused Martin of using equally crass language, claiming that was the nature of their relationship.
Martin left the Dolphins on Oct. 28 following an incident in the team's lunchroom. However, Incognito said Sunday that he and Martin exchanged text messages four days later.
Incognito's phone showed 1,142 text messages between the two players over the past year, Fox Sports reported.
Martin is scheduled to meet with Ted Wells, the NFL's independent investigator, on Friday in New York. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross had planned to meet with Martin on Wednesday but delayed the meeting at the NFL's request.

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