McKinnie: Incognito is welcomed back

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins starting left tackle Bryant McKinnie has been one of the more vocal players during the controversial Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying saga.

McKinnie had another strong opinion on Wednesday: He believes the suspended Incognito would be welcomed back to Miami’s locker room.

“I think he got along with a lot of people in here,” McKinnie explained. “So I don’t think it will be a bad thing if he comes back in the locker room.”

It won’t be that easy for Incognito. Miami’s suspended guard has a grievance hearing on Thursday to determine if he can recoup lost wages. The Dolphins were expected to keep Incognito on suspension for four games before deciding whether to release him or bring him back.

Considering the mess and media firestorm the Incognito-Martin saga has created, it doesn’t appear likely that Incognito will return to the Dolphins. However, veteran teammates such as receiver Brian Hartline, center Mike Pouncey and McKinnie have gone on record to say Incognito could return to Miami’s locker room.

“I never had an issue with Richie,” McKinnie said. “The comments that he made on the guy’s answer machine, Richie apologized and stuff for that. I don’t know. What do you want me to bully him because of that now? I don’t understand what people want from this situation.

“There’s only so much you can do. It wasn’t meant for everybody to hear. That was a way they communicated, I think, between those two. So he apologized. You can’t hold a grudge. At the end of the day, if Richie comes back and he’s able to help us win more games probably. So I never had an issue with him.”