Former Miami Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito has been cleared to return to “full activity and regular-season game participation,” according to a league source. Incognito was on paid suspension by the Dolphins while the National Football League was reviewing its investigation before they allowed him to sign with a team. With the NFL bringing Incognito back, he is able to sign with a team and play right away. Between three to five teams are interested in the offensive guard. Incognito will likely sign with a team by the end of this week.
Incognito made his first trip to a team facility since his implication when he visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday. The former Miami Dolphins player was the center of attention when he was accused in a bullying scandal in October 2013. He missed the final eight games of the regular season and was banned in participating in any NFL activities. The Bucs first instinct was not to sign Incognito, but rather, listen to what he had to say. Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith believes in second chances.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Incognito, along with teammates John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, had to be checked out by medical professionals and complete treatment before playing. During the Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend, Goodell said all three players are in the clear.
Incognito is a 31-year-old offensive guard and has played in 102 games spanning over eight seasons. He has been a member of the St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills and most recently the Miami Dolphins.