Jonathan Martin leaves Dolphins after incident

Jonathan Martin (left) has left the team. (Steven Senne / AP) Jonathan Martin (left) has left the team. (Steven Senne / AP)

Updated at 3 p.m. EDT

Jonathan Martin, a second-year offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins, has left the team to seek treatment for emotional issues and has been ruled out of the team’s game tonight against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Martin, according to multiple reports, left after being pranked in the cafeteria by other offensive linemen. Martin, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported, “flipped out, smashed a food tray on the ground, took off, and they haven’t seen him since.” ESPN quoted an unnamed source who said the “O-line made fun of him and he snapped.” He is with his family, Glazer says, and is going to get treatment.

Issues with the Dolphins may go much deeper, though. An unnamed league source told the Miami Herald’s Adam H. Beasley that the situation at team headquarters is a “shambles.” From Beasley’s story:

There appears to be growing division within the team’s locker room, with teammates harboring resentments. Furthermore, Coach Joe Philbin in recent days berated a fellow coach in front of his players, according to a league source.

And this all comes on the heels of Mike Pouncey being served a grand jury subpoena in connection to the Aaron Hernandez case in the bowels of Gillette Stadium on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.

All of which makes tonight’s game more interesting for the Dolphins, 3-4 and losing steam in AFC East.

Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has been the target of criticism by players, the Herald’s Armando Salguero reports. Richie Incognito disagreed with Sherman’s decision to stop running with the ball in the loss to New England. “I think we should just keep running the football 30, 40 times a game,” Incognito says. “That’s our blueprint for success. We have to run the football for four quarters.”

Salguero also writes that a high-ranking official, whom he didn’t name, believes Sherman has gotten away from offensive fundamentals.


After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · October 31, 2013