NFL investigator set to meet with Dolphins

Updated: November 18, 2013, 10:14 AM ET


ESPN.com news services


Miami Dolphins players have been advised they’ll meet this week with the NFL special investigator looking into the harassment case involving tackle Jonathan Martin and guard Richie Incognito.

Players expect to be interviewed beginning Monday, and the visit by attorney Ted Wells might last several days. That means further distractions for a team trying to keep its season from derailing.

Wells said in a statement Monday that the Dolphins have been cooperating with his investigation.

“We look forward to meeting with Dolphins players, coaches and staff in order to get the facts and prepare a thorough and fair report. The Dolphins organization has been very helpful in arranging the interviews and urging their personnel to cooperate with the investigation. We have asked all Dolphins personnel to respect the process and avoid commenting on the investigation,” he said in the statement.

Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner is a person of interest in the NFL’s investigation, sources have told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Turner is beloved by many of his players but also is known for using loud, insulting and profane language with the players. The NFL is aware of Turner’s tactics, which are not unusual for coaches around the league, and wants to speak to him about the culture that existed around Miami’s offensive line, sources told ESPN.

The visit by Wells will come as the Dolphins (5-5) prepare to play host to Carolina in Week 12. Miami beat San Diego 20-16 on Sunday to remain in the race for an AFC wild-card berth and cap an eventful week.

“We got talked to about the interview process we are about to go through,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “We are going to do our interviews, be participants in the investigation and get ready for the game. At the end of the day, [the interview] is secondary. We have to do it. We have to provide the information we know, but hopefully that is a short 15-minute interview. And then the rest of the week is all football.”

Some interviews are likely to take longer. Martin spent nearly seven hours talking with Wells on Friday in New York about his claims of his harassment by teammates, including Incognito.

Tannehill said he believes everyone on the team will be interviewed.

Martin, a second-year pro, suddenly left the team three weeks ago and has been undergoing counseling for emotional issues. Incognito was suspended and filed a grievance last week against the Dolphins seeking to rejoin the team.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has formed two committees to study the team’s locker room culture, and concedes changes are needed. Wells will determine the role of coach Joe Philbin, his staff and Miami management in the case, and his report will be made public.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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