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Report says Dolphins' Incognito to remain suspended — but with pay

By Chris Perkins Sun Sentinel (MCT) • Nov 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

DAVIE, Fla. _ Miaim Dolphins guard Richie Incognito will remain suspended with pay until the NFL investigation is complete according to an agreement reached between him and the team, NFL.com is reporting.

The Dolphins had no comment on the report.

Incognito was suspended by the Dolphins on Nov. 3 for conduct detrimental to the team. He's been accused of bullying/harassing right tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the team on Oct. 28. The NFL is investigating that accusation as well as the Dolphins' workplace.

Under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), Incognito could only be suspended four games for conduct detrimental to the team. Sunday's game against the New York Jets is the fourth game. The Dolphins have gone 1-2 without Incognito, a Pro Bowl selection.

According to NFL.com, Incognito, under a deal approved by both the NFL and the NFL Players Association, will be paid until NFL special investigator Ted Wells has concluded his probe.

Incognito, a free agent at season's end, earns about $235,300 per game. He wasn't paid during his four-game suspension. It's not known if he'd pursue those lost wages if the NFL investigation absolves him of major wrongdoing.

Incognito filed a grievance with the Dolphins but agreed to postpone his expedited hearing until after the NFL investigation is completed.

Wells was at the Dolphins' facility last week interviewing players, coaches and staff members. Incognito was interviewed over a two-day period.

Dolphins players and coaches have repeatedly said the NFL investigation and the Martin-Incognito scandal haven't been a distraction.

However, if Incognito had been allowed back into the locker room and onto the team next week, the national media circus that has dissipated in the last two weeks would have returned, and possibly even grown.

There's no word on when Wells will wrap up his investigation.

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