MADISON The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has been called in to investigate the death of Jarrett D. Mosby, 21, of Collinsville, whosTwo teens charged with East St. Louis High School rapeSt. Louis woman charged in brother's severe stabbingMan wearing Afro wig robs St. Louis credit union2 officers seriously hurt when St. Louis County police car collides with pickupTSA recovering more prohibited weapons at Lambert this yearFuneral Tuesday for soldier killed in helicopter crash in AfghanistanPhotos: Rams sack the BucsRams Report Card vs. Tampa BayNFL cheerleaders the Mens Tarell Brown Jersey holiday editionA Look Back St. Louis Post Office Christmas shipping scenesPhotos: Illini claim Braggin' Rights over Mizzou3rd Annual Schlafly Winter Market Holiday FairThe Rams have 99 problems, but Richie Incognito isn't one of them.
The irritable guard played his way out of St. Louis by earning one personal foul penalty after another for the Rams. Now he is back in the news as the alleged ringleader of player hazing on the Miami Dolphins, actions that led starting right tackle Jonathan Martin to leave the team and seek counseling.
Martin was last seen Oct. 28 slamming down his food tray in the team cafeteria and storming out of the Dolphins facility.
Incognito used Twitter to plead innocence. "Stop slandering my name," Incognito told ESPN's Adam Schefter in a Tweet. "You hide behind 'sources' who are not man enough to put their name behind the BS you report".
But Sunday the Dolphins suspended Incognito while the team and the NFL investigated allegations raised by Martin and his representatives. The team released this statement shortly before midnight: "We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time . . . We will continue to work with the league on this matter."
None of this is good news for the Dolphins or quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is on pace to absorb 32 sacks this season. Tyson Clabo allowed eight sacks in six starts, but now he is back in the lineup in place of Martin a second round 2012 pick from Stanford.
Martin moved from left tackle to right tackle after Miami acquired Bryant McKinnie from Baltimore earlier this season. (It seems the Dolphins really miss Jake Long, who moved on to the Rams as a free agent.)
This is also bad news for Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, who apparently let things Tarell Brown Nike Jersey get out of hand. ESPN and the Miami Herald probed the poisonous locker room atmosphere and raised the following concerns:
Veterans forced rookies to pay for expensive meals and player vacations. While the "rookie dinner" is a common initiation rite in pro sports, Incognito allegedly pressured Martin into footing a $15,000 bill for a Las Vegas trip Martin didn't even join.
Martin received threatening and racially charged text messages and at least one ominous voicemail from Incognito. He kept that communication as evidence of the harassment.
The Herald reported complaints of "Dolphins veterans using younger players as ATMs to finance their nightlife whims. These older players have been caught up in the fast paced Miami lifestyle without the burden of having to pay for it."
Incognito was given a team leadership role as a member of the six man leadership counsel. Yet he had this sign posted in his locker: "There are two things Richie Incognito does not like: Taxes and Rookies".
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is always looking for players to punish for PR reasons. It appears Richie has stepped into his wheelhouse.
THE VALUE OF QUARTERBACK DEPTH
It is possible to have more than one viable quarterback on a NFL roster. Ask the Philadelphia Eagles, who got a seven www.49ersnflofficialprostore.com/25-Tarell-Brown-Red-Jersey.html TD performance from back up Nick Foles during their 49 20 demolition of the Raiders.
When was the last time Foles threw so many touchdown passes? "In a video game," he told reporters afterward.
He has endured an up and down season in relief of Michael Vick, who was supposed to flourish in the fast paced offense installed by new Eagles coach Chip Kelly. But Foles was lights out Sunday.
"Nick is a tremendous quarterback," center Jason Kelce told ESPN. "There was a little bit different look in his eye going into the game. It was his mannerisms and everything. He was upset with the way he played before, in the Dallas game. The whole team was a little bit down. I just think, overall, he seemed extremely focused on having a good game this week."