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NFL notebook: Miami Dolphins’ Martin to meet with special investigator

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Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin will meet late next week in Los Angeles with the NFL’s special investigator to discuss allegations in the team’s harassment scandal, a source said Friday.

The source confirmed the upcoming meeting on condition of anonymity because the league and team haven’t announced the details of the investigation.

Meeting with Martin will be Ted Wells, a senior partner in a New York law firm with experience in sports cases. Wells was appointed Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate possible misconduct in the Dolphins’ workplace and prepare a report that will be made public.

Dolphins guard Richie Incognito was suspended in the wake of allegations by Martin, who is with his family in California to undergo counseling for emotional issues.

Wells is investigating whether Incognito harassed or bullied Martin, and whether their teammates and the organization mishandled the matter.

Fox out of hospital

Denver Broncos coach John Fox was released from the hospital four days after undergoing heart surgery in Charlotte, N.C.

Fox was resting at his offseason home in Charlotte, interim coach Jack Del Rio said after Friday’s practice.

Fox had his aortic value replaced at the Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte on Monday.

In a statement released by the team, Fox thanked his doctors, family, friends and fans. He said his recovery is progressing well: “I’m feeling better and stronger each day.”

He’ll stay in Charlotte to begin his cardiovascular rehabilitation. He said it’ll be difficult to be away from the Broncos (7-1) when they play the Chargers (4-4) Sunday but he’ll be cheering them on from home.

Bills cut veteran receiver

The Buffalo Bills released receiver Brad Smith off their injured-reserve list.

The move, announced Friday, comes 10 weeks after Smith hurt his ribs in Buffalo’s preseason-finale against Detroit.

Smith was entering his eighth NFL season, and third with Buffalo. He’s a versatile dual-threat on offense, known for his ability to play receiver and quarterback in wildcat formations.

He became expendable because the Bills have essentially abandoned running the wildcat under new coach Doug Marrone.

The Bills spent the offseason retooling the position by drafting Robert Woods in the second round and Marquise Goodwin in the third.

Smith had one year left on a four-year, $15 million contract. He spent his first five seasons with the New York Jets.

Around the league

Bills linebacker Manny Lawson is questionable for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh after being excused from practice on Friday for personal reasons. Middle linebacker Moise Fokou will miss his third consecutive game for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings are unsure if quarterback Christian Ponder will be healed in time for their next game. Ponder dislocated his non-throwing left shoulder Thursday night. Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger and defensive end Red Bryant will miss Sunday’s game due to concussions sustained last week against Tampa Bay.

NFL fines three

Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey were fined $15,750 apiece by the NFL for horse-collar tackles last weekend. Titans safety Bernard Pollard, lost $10,000 for what the NFL said Friday was “striking an opponent late.”


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