With a full report from an NFL investigator looming and text messages surfacing, Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin are back in the news.
Incognito's suspension was lifted on Tuesday, a move the Dolphins said was an administrative one agreed to by both sides a couple months ago and had nothing to do with the league's investigation.
Incognito took to Twitter to voice his support for Martin as he pursues an NFL job next season, and to thank family and friends for support. Martin is under contract with the Dolphins but isn't expected to be back with the team.
Martin, who said he tried to befriend Incognito in their time as teammates, noted in an interview with NBC's Tony Dungy he "felt trapped" because of persistent vulgar language and abusive jokes.
Mark Schamel, Incognito's attorney, responded with a statement saying Martin was "hiding behind false allegations" rather than dealing with "his poor on-field performance and myriad other issues."
I would to thank my family and friends for their continued love and support. It's official #FREE #BIRD #FREEINCOGNITO @NFL @NFLPA
— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 4, 2014
--- I support @J_Martin71 100% in his return to football in 2014 ---- @NFL @NFLPA @DeSmithNFLPA @nflcommish — Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 4, 2014