On Nov. 14, suspended Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito filed a non-football injury grievance against the team challenging his status as 'indefinitely suspended.' At the time, Incognito requested an expedited hearing. However, that's not going to happen.
Incognito's grievance has been postponed until independent investigator Ted Wells finishes his investigation, the Dolphins and Incognito announced on Thursday. Incognito's grievance was originally scheduled to be heard on Thursday.
"I have agreed to postpone my expedited arbitration hearing until after the investigation by Ted Wells is complete," Incognito said in a statement. "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. I love my teammates and hope we can put this distraction behind us soon."
Wells met with Jonathan Martin for seven hours on Nov. 15, then he moved his investigation to Miami on Monday so that he could interview members of the Dolphins organization. The Dolphins had requested earlier this week that Incognito's grievance be postponed until Wells was finished with his investigation.
Incognito's grievance hearing is likely to be held after Dec. 2, according to ESPN.com, which could make things awkward for the Dolphins.
Incognito was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team on Nov. 3 and under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the longest you can suspend a player for conduct detrimental to the team is four weeks. Since Incognito was suspended on Nov. 3, his 'indefinite suspension' can only go through Dec. 2 at the longest.
As of right now, the Dolphins have until Dec. 2 to decide if they want to bring Incognito back or cut him. If Incognito's grievance is heard after Dec. 2, the team will have to decide whether or not to cut him without knowing the arbitrator's decision in the grievance. However, Incognito did mention in his statement that he'd like to return to the Dolphins, so agreeing to postpone his grievance may have been a showing of goodwill.
Incognito hasn't spoken to the media since Nov. 10, and since then, more accusations have been raised against him. On Tuesday, it was reported that Incognito and at least one other Dolphins player harassed a Dolphins team employee by "mocking the ethnic background of a team staff member and making crude jokes about the staff member's wife."