Dolphins considered releasing Richie Incognito before season, per report

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The team reportedly considered cutting the veteran guard for various alcohol-related incidents.

The Miami Dolphins were considering releasing offensive guard Richie Incognito prior to the 2013 season and before the issues with Jonathan Martin went public, according to a report from Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

The Dolphins were reportedly concerned with several off-the-field incidents involving Incognito during the offseason, nearly all involving the apparent abuse of alcohol. The team debated cutting the guard prior to the season and almost certainly weren't bringing Incognito back in 2014, with his contract set to expire after this season.

With the Dolphins thin on the offensive line and no good options in place to take Incognito's spot, Miami stuck with the veteran and now find the organization embroiled in an investigation into alleged hazing and bullying in the locker room.

Incognito's various issues off the field include a run in with a bouncer at a nightclub, a TMZ video that shows an impaired Incognito using a racial slur and a report that he harrassed a female employee at a golf tournament. The guard has been suspended indefinitely for the alleged hazing and abuse of teammate Jonathan Martin.

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