NFL investigator talking to Dolphins players

Updated: November 18, 2013, 1:47 PM ET news services

Miami Dolphins players began meeting Monday with the NFL special investigator looking into the harassment case involving tackle Jonathan Martin and guard Richie Incognito.

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,” the statement said.

On Monday, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said he is scheduled to speak with Wells on Tuesday.

“Hopefully, most of what the players have to do will be taken care of [Monday] and get that knocked out,” he said. “I’m hopeful that’s happening but I’m not really sure.”

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 said to be beloved by many players but also is known for using loud, insulting and profane language with them. 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 the Carolina Panthers in Week 12. Miami beat the San Diego Chargers 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 Sunday. “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 harassment by teammates, including Incognito.

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

“Honestly, we’ve been told that they’re going to do everything they can to not disrupt the normal flow of the week,” defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said Monday. “So how that all comes together, I’m not exactly sure. I’m not involved with that organization in terms of the structure. I don’t think it’s going to have much of an impact.”

Martin, a second-year pro, abruptly left the team three weeks ago and has been undergoing counseling for emotional issues. Incognito was suspended indefinitely 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 acknowledges that 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. Dolphins reporter James Walker and Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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