Richie Incognito was on one side of an incident this past weekend, when Houston Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith ripped off his helmet and swung it at the Miami Dolphins guard. Smith, as a result, was suspended for the final two preseason games and the regular-season opener.
Now, it appears Incognito may be on the other side of an ugly incident. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Incognito was involved in an altercation at a South Beach nightclub where he punched and knocked out a security guard. Schefter also reports the Fontainebleau hotel has footage but is unwilling to turn it over. One source told Schefter that Incognito was punched and provoked first.
The Dolphins simply have to hope for the best with this one. For now, details are murky, although videotape evidence would clear up a lot of things.
Incognito is a team leader and one of Miami’s best offensive lineman. He could face league discipline if all the details of this report are accurate. It’s also possible nothing could become of it. The Miami Beach police report, for example, has no mention of Incognito throwing a punch and says Incognito told police he was trying to breakup the incident. It’s going to be a wait-and-see situation for the Dolphins in the coming days.
Miami has little depth on its offensive line, and it would be a serious blow if Incognito is forced to miss time. Fellow guard John Jerry recently suffered a knee injury and sent Miami’s offensive line scrambling. Losing Incognito would have the Dolphins scrambling even more.
Regardless of the outcome, this has been a bad week for the Dolphins. First, they lost their starting tight end (Dustin Keller) for the season after a controversial hit to the knee. Now Incognito is in the spotlight for the wrong reasons.