Richie Incognito has been steadfast in defense of his innocence amid the accusations that his threats sent to Jonathan Martin via text messages and voicemails caused the left tackle to leave the team. Now Incognito is taking the Miami Dolphins to task. He filed a grievance against the team Thursday in hopes of getting his indefinite suspension lifted and earning back pay for the games he has missed.
Incognito asked for an expedited hearing by a neutral arbitrator. He loses $235,294 for every game missed under suspension, so it's clear why time is of the essence. If Incognito wins in arbitration, the Dolphins will have a difficult decision to make whether to release Incognito or to keep him on the roster.
Incognito will return to the team no later than Dec. 2. Per collective bargaining agreement rules, a team suspension can last no more than four games.
The Chicago Bears have placed Jay Cutler's injured ankle in a cast to help expedite the healing process. Head coach Marc Trestman maintained that the decision was made out of precaution, and that the injury was not more serious than initial reports indicated. The cast will keep Cutler's ankle stabilized, and unlike a walking boot a cast cannot be removed at the player's discretion.
Cutler has already been ruled out for Week 11 against the Baltimore Ravens, giving Josh McCown the start. The Bears lost to the Detroit Lions last week, breaking the tie between the two teams atop the NFC North standings.
It's safe to say that Trent Richardson hasn't had the immediate impact the Indianapolis Colts had hoped. He is averaging just 3.0 yards per carry this year, compared to 5.9 yards per carry by teammate Donald Brown. A Colts source reportedly told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that the team would make the trade again if it had the chance:
"There's a couple reasons why," Rapoport said on NFL Network's 'NFL Total Access Kickoff' on Thursday. "He's young. They love the violent way that he runs. Plus, he's cheap. The Browns are picking up a ton of his tab. ... He's had several head coaches, he's had several offensive coordinators. The Colts really think that once he immerses himself in their offense, he's going to go off."
While it's true that Richardson hasn't been in Indianapolis long, he wasn't exactly a force in Cleveland during his rookie season. The jury is still, very much, out.
Rookie running back Marcus Lattimore may finally be ready to practice for the San Francisco 49ers. He is currently on the non-football injury list recovering from the devastating knee injury he suffered last year at South Carolina. Lattimore has not officially been cleared to return, but Tuesday is the last possible day that players can be brought off the NFI list to practice this season.
Despite coming off a major injury, Lattimore was drafted by the Niners in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft because of his immense talent. Prior to the injury, Lattimore was arguably the consensus top running back in his class and destined to be a first round pick.
Lattimore told the Sacramento Bee that he is ready to play:
"I've learned more in these four months than I've ever learned as far as how the defense plays, how to read fronts, how to read linebackers, coverage... I know so much about the game in the last four months, (more) than I've learned in the last 18 years. So it's been big."
Now he just wants to be able to put some of that knowledge to practice, even if it's for three weeks, "Everything feels good," he said. "I should be out there."