The loss of Anthony Davis to a hamstring injury will likely result in
Martin who was acquired for a conditional seventh-round pick from Miami in the offseason, would be making his first appearance on an NFL field since Oct. 27, after which he left the Dolphins in the midst of a bullying scandal.
"I want to go out there and play a good game, you know," Martin told the team website, which is claiming that Martin improved as the preseason progressed. "Get off on the right foot, start the season right. Anthony is still the starter, but I'm going to play my best. I've started before in this league, so I'm confident in my ability and I'm excited to get it going."
Martin was at the center of a firestorm when he left the Dolphins in the middle of last season citing bullying issues within the team. This move reunites him with his college head coach Jim Harbaugh.
While NFL Network reports that it's "not impossible" for embattled offensive lineman
The Herald surmises that several Dolphins players were unhappy with how Martin left the team and that they might not welcome him back. The paper also noted that if the team welcomed Martin back then the message it would send to the roster could be devastating as anyone could just pick up and leave the team without serious repercussions.
The following exchange of texts last summer with drug references were sent between
July 29, 2013, Incognito to Martin: "Pop a couple Molly (Ecstacy) I'm sweeeeatin."
August 31, 2013, Martin as Incognito is trying to coax him into a double-date: "My friend Mary Jane (marijuana) has me glued to the couch. Incognito: "F***** stoner. Take a shower and get ur a** down here. These bit**** are ready."
Drug-related texts continued between the two in September.
Martin refused to speak with NFLPA attorney Richard Smith, who interviewed witnesses and examined the role of Miami management in the alleged abuse of the former Dolphins offensive lineman.
"We weren't able to talk to Jonathan Martin, which was unfortunate," said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. "But we're going to conduct our workplace evaluation and our report is concluding."
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