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As game draws near, Dolphins fend off questions about Martin-Incognito harassment case

  • FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68), center left, and  and tackle Jonathan Martin (71), center right, sit on the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. About halfway between the start of exhibition games and the Super Bowl, there have been plenty of unwanted story lines. Bullying in the locker room, coaches collapsing, serious injuries to marquee players, the D.C. Council's call on Washington's pro football team to change its name _ examples from the past week alone. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68), center left, and and tackle Jonathan Martin (71), center right, sit on the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. About halfway between the start of exhibition games and the Super Bowl, there have been plenty of unwanted story lines. Bullying in the locker room, coaches collapsing, serious injuries to marquee players, the D.C. Council's call on Washington's pro football team to change its name _ examples from the past week alone. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin talks to the media during a news conference after practice at the Dolphins training center in Davie, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. NFL officials launched an investigation to try and determine who knew what and when about the troubled relationship between offensive lineman Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin talks to the media during a news conference after practice at the Dolphins training center in Davie, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. NFL officials launched an investigation to try and determine who knew what and when about the troubled relationship between offensive lineman Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)  (The Associated Press)

The latest allegations from tackle Jonathan Martin have gone mostly unanswered by the Miami Dolphins, weary of fending off questions about the harassment case that has rocked the franchise.

Martin left the team last week and alleges he was harassed by teammates, including guard Richie Incognito, who has been suspended. That leaves Miami (4-4) short-handed for Monday night's game at Tampa Bay (0-8), but the larger issue is how the Dolphins will play after generating so much negative national news.

Players on Saturday were willing to say little about the bullying scandal, which Martin will discuss late next week with a special investigator hired by the NFL. The league will determine whether the Dolphins organization mishandled the situation.

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