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Adam Schefter on D&C: Dolphins OL Jonathan Martin ‘felt threatened, he felt harassed’ by teammate Richie Incognito

11.04.13 at 9:50 am ET
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss the ongoing Jonathan Martin bullying saga with the Dolphins, and the health issues of a pair of NFL coaches.

Miami announced on Sunday the indefinite suspension of offensive lineman Richie Incognito for his role in the alleged bullying of Martin, the Dolphins’€™ second-year lineman.

Martin left the team for emotional reasons last week, before Miami’€™s 22-20 overtime win against the Bengals on Thursday. A voicemail left by Incognito on Martin’€™s phone was the smoking gun, according to Schefter.

‘€œThey went over the transcripts of one voicemail last night, and made the determination to suspend Richie Incognito immediately,’€ Schefter said, adding: ‘€œRichie Incognito is on the Dolphins’€™ leadership council. ‘€¦ It’€™s unbelievable to think that he wielded his powers the way that he did.’€

The reported trigger for Martin’€™s absence was a lunch room incident. According to ESPN, Incognito also approached Martin last summer to help fund a trip to Las Vegas with a group of Dolphins players. Martin donated $15,000 out of fear of retribution if he didn’t, but he never joined his teammates.

‘€œWe’€™ve seen in the NFL, veterans take rookies out and rookies picking up big dinner tabs and things of this sort,’€ Schefter said. ‘€œThis went above and beyond that. This was an example where Jonathan Martin felt threatened, he felt intimidated, he felt harassed.’€

It’€™s unknown when Martin will return to Miami, and how long Incognito’€™s suspension will last.

‘€œThe union is in a very difficult spot, because it is the union’s job to defend Richie Incognito,’€ Schefter said. ‘€œHowever, once the union gets a copy of this one particular voicemail, and the instances and text messages, the defense is going to be difficult to do.’€

On Sunday night, Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field as he headed back to the locker room at halftime of Houston’€™s 27-24 loss to the Colts.

‘€œGary Kubiak is in the hospital right now, they’€™re running more tests to determine what it was and what it wasn’€™t,’€ Schefter said. ‘€œI think that right now they think that dehydration was involved, but they’€™re testing for more significant issues. I’€™m told he feels good, he’€™s alert he’€™s conscious, he spent the night in the hospital, he’€™s going to be OK.’€

Broncos coach John Fox experienced a medical issue with his heart on Saturday that will require surgery.

‘€œJohn Fox is going to have surgery in the next couple of days on his aortic valve — basically open heart surgery,’€ Schefter said. ‘€œHe’€™ll be out for a while, they don’€™t know how long. The Broncos are going to name an interim head coach this morning. All signs point to the defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who’€™s got head coaching experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars.’€

The Patriots defeated the Steelers on Sunday, 55-31. The 55 points allowed and 610 total yards allowed were franchise-worsts for Pittsburgh.

‘€œI think there are going to be changes to the staff,’€ Schefter said. ‘€œI think that slowly but surely, you’€™ll start to hear more and more about issues between the offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, and Ben Roethlisberger.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles returned from a concussion and tied an NFL record for touchdowns in a game on Sunday. He found his receivers in the end zone seven times in the Eagles’€™ 49-20 win at Oakland. Starting quarterback Michael Vick did not receive the start because of an injury to his hamstring.

‘€œIf Nick Foles is healthy, the Michael Vick era in Philadelphia is over,’€ Schefter said.

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

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