Ques­tions sur­round how Martin re­acted

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DAVIE, FLA. | In a cul­ture that fosters con­flict, Jonathan Martin sought to avoid it.

Up­set by treat­ment he con­sid­ered abu­sive, the Mi­ami Dol­phins tackle let the sit­u­a­tion fes­ter for months be­fore leav­ing the team last week. Martin’s agent then com­plained to the Dol­phins, who sus­pended guard Richie Incog­nito.

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

Some say Martin, a Stan­ford grad­u­ate who went about his busi­ness qui­etly, han­dled the sit­u­a­tion well. But pro foot­ball is a ma­cho world, and some play­ers be­lieve Martin should have re­sponded more firmly.

“Is Incog­nito wrong? Ab­so­lutely. He’s 100 per­cent wrong,” New York Gi­ants safety An­trel Rolle said. “No in­di­vid­ual should have to go through that, es­pe­cially in their work­place.

“But at the same time, Jonathan Martin is a 6-4, 320-pound man. I mean, at some point and time you need to stand your ground as an in­di­vid­ual. Am I say­ing go at­tack, go fight him? No. I think we all un­der­stand we can stand our ground with­out any­thing be­ing phys­i­cal.”

Dol­phins play­ers have ro­bustly de­fended Incog­nito, long con­sid­ered among the NFL’s dirt­i­est play­ers. He’s now a na­tional vil­lain, but team­mates praise his lead­er­ship and loy­alty.

They’ve been less pas­sion­ate in their sup­port of Martin, say­ing he and Incog­nito be­haved like best friends.

“They did a lot of stuff to­gether,” tackle Tyson Clabo said. “So if he had a prob­lem with the way he was treat­ing him, he had a funny way of show­ing it.”

Martin is with his fam­ily in Cal­i­for­nia to un­dergo coun­sel­ing for emo­tional is­sues. Cut­ler’s re­turn Thurs­day fol­low­ing prac­tice, say­ing doc­tors have given Cut­ler the clear­ance to play. Trest­man said Cut­ler will not be re­stricted in any way due to the in­jury.

Cut­ler suf­fered the in­jury against the Red­skins Oct. 20 when he was sacked dur­ing the 45-41 loss. The Bears had a bye the fol­low­ing week, then Josh McCown started and played all of Mon­day night’s 27-20 win at Green Bay.

Cut­ler has com­pleted 146 of 225 passes for 1,658 yards and 12 touch­downs with seven in­ter­cep­tions. McCown com­pleted 36 of 61 for 476 yards and did not turn the ball over as Cut­ler’s re­place­ment.

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