Sports

2 people familiar with situation: Dolphins' Martin had previously considered quitting football

  • FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2012 file photo, Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin (71) watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Miami. In the stadium program sold at the Dolphins' game on Halloween, Richie Incognito was asked who's the easiest teammate to scare. His answer: Jonathan Martin.  The troubled, troubling relationship between the two offensive linemen took an ominous turn Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, with fresh revelations: Incognito sent text messages to his teammate that were racist and threatening, two people familiar with the situation said. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2012 file photo, Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin (71) watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Miami. In the stadium program sold at the Dolphins' game on Halloween, Richie Incognito was asked who's the easiest teammate to scare. His answer: Jonathan Martin. The troubled, troubling relationship between the two offensive linemen took an ominous turn Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, with fresh revelations: Incognito sent text messages to his teammate that were racist and threatening, two people familiar with the situation said. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, center, prepares to pass during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Davie, Fla. At left is guard Nate Garner (75) and at right is tackle Bryant McKinnie (78). A senior partner in a New York law firm with experience in sports cases has been appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate possible misconduct in the Dolphins' workplace and prepare a report. The Dolphins have pledged full support in the investigation, the NFL said. A troubled relationship between linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito left both players sidelined. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, center, prepares to pass during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Davie, Fla. At left is guard Nate Garner (75) and at right is tackle Bryant McKinnie (78). A senior partner in a New York law firm with experience in sports cases has been appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate possible misconduct in the Dolphins' workplace and prepare a report. The Dolphins have pledged full support in the investigation, the NFL said. A troubled relationship between linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito left both players sidelined. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey (51) stands with guard John Jerry (74), tackle Bryant McKinnie (78) and guard Nate Garner (75) during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Davie, Fla. At left is offensive line coach Jim Turner. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey (51) stands with guard John Jerry (74), tackle Bryant McKinnie (78) and guard Nate Garner (75) during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Davie, Fla. At left is offensive line coach Jim Turner. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

Two people familiar with the situation say Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin talked of quitting football earlier in his pro career before leaving the team last week to undergo counseling for emotional issues.

One person said Wednesday that Martin considered giving up the sport because of the way he was being treated by other offensive linemen on the team. The person added that Marin now wants to continue his football career.

Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins have said little about Martin's departure.

NFL officials are trying to determine whether Dolphins guard Richie Incognito harassed or bullied Martin. Incognito has been suspended indefinitely.

The league is investigating possible misconduct in the Dolphins' workplace.

___

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL

___

Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine