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Report: Dolphins investigation unlikely to finish before end of year

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Freeing Richie Incognito might not happen in 2013. (USATSI)
Freeing Richie Incognito might not happen in 2013. (USATSI)

If there's going to be any fallout in Miami stemming from the investigation into Richie Incognito's alleged bullying of Jonathan Martin, it likely won't happen until 2014. Independent investigator Ted Wells isn't likely to finish his report before the end of the year, according to ESPN.com.

Wells was scheduled to wrap up the investigation this week after one more round of interviews with Dolphins players, including Richie Incognito. Those interviews, scheduled to take place throughout the week, were abruptly canceled. Wells provided no explanation for the cancellation, according to NFL.com. Besides Incognito, Wells was scheduled to meet with 11 other Dolphins players this week.

Wells was going to ask the players about several things: including a Mike Pouncey Christmas party, the relationship between Incognito and Martin, and any other reasons Martin might have left the team.

Although there's no official explanation for why Wells canceled the this week's interviews, NFL.com has reported that the cancellations are related to Wells most recent interview with Martin. As CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday, Wells interviewed Martin for a second time last week.

One of the problems Wells has run into is that Martin won't turn over certain text messages and he's been reluctant to sit down for an interview with NFLPA investigator Richard Smith, according to ESPN.com.

With this week's round of interviews canceled, it's still not clear if Wells will reschedule the interviews or if they're canceled altogether.

The prolonged investigation means a longer suspension for Incognito. Under CBA rules, Incognito could only be suspended for four weeks, however, Incognito and the team came to an agreement in late November that keeps Incognito suspended during the NFL investigation but allows him to collect his paycheck.

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