Second interviews with Richie Incognito and 11 other Miami Dolphins were cancelled this week, and now the NFL's investigation into the bullying claims surrounding the Dolphins isn't expected to conclude by the end of the year, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
NFL investigator Ted Wells has been working on a report regarding the situation for more than a month. He has met with Jonathan Martin, Incognito and other members of the organization. Wells was scheduled to have a second interview with Incognito this week, according to Schefter. It's unclear why the interviews were cancelled. There were reports earlier in the process that some players were not being fully cooperative with the investigation.
The length of the investigation is not necessarily a surprise. In late November, Wells said he expected the investigation to continue for several more weeks. While the process continues, Martin and Incognito remain in limbo. The Dolphins placed Martin on the non-football injury list, ending his season. Incognito was initially suspended four games without pay, and he and the team later agreed to extend the suspension by two games with pay. The suspension was extended to allow Wells time to finish his investigation. The suspension, however, cannot last more than six weeks and will end following Miami's game against New England this week.
With the investigation not expected to be finished, the Dolphins will have to decide how to proceed for the final two weeks of the regular season and potentially into the playoffs.