With Dolphins guard Richie Incognito indefinitely suspended because of the alleged hazing and bullying of tackle Jonathan Martin, the team only could punish him without payment for four weeks before either reinstating him or releasing him, as laid out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
This Sunday is the last week the Dolphins could legally not pay him, but according to the NFL Network's Jeff Darlington, the team and Incognito have come to an agreement that would keep Incognito suspended during the NFL investigation but which would allow him to collect his paycheck.
Furthermore, Foxsports' Mike Garafolo also reported that in exchange for allowing the suspension to continue for six weeks total, Incognito was actually paid for two of the original four weeks he had already been suspended.
Since he's been suspended, Incognito has lost out on two $235,000 weekly paychecks, and Incognito also had filed a grievance against his team. But that had been postponed until the league's investigation is complete, which is why Incognito only missed out on the two payments instead of four.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the agreement between the two was made Nov. 21, the same day Incognito agreed to postpone his grievance.
More from Garafolo: "The key for Incognito is there is no firm agreement in place on how to handle the final two weeks of the regular season. That means, if Wells' investigation returns favorably for Incognito, there's a chance he'll come back to the Dolphins for at least two games."
Attorney Ted Wells, who's leading the NFL's investigation, ended his first round of interviews with the Dolphins players, coaches and staff last week, but he said in a statement that the investigation would continue for the next few weeks.
"I will cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation with a goal of resuming my career with the Miami Dolphins at the conclusion of this investigation," Incognito said in a statement earlier this month. "I love my teammates and hope we can put this distraction behind us soon."
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