Richie Incognito is set to face his former team this Sunday when the Buffalo Bills square off against the Miami Dolphins. He was at the center of the bullying incident with the Dolphins in 2013, but he hopes to put that controversy behind him as he's emerged as the Bills' best offensive lineman.
"I would hope that we can move past all this," Incognito said on Tuesday via Mike Rodak of ESPN. "But I definitely understand that it's still going to be prevalent probably through the end of this year, and probably the Monday Night Football guys will probably be bringing it up for five years from now."
On the field, Incognito has moved on from the bullying incident and it's showed in his play this season. In Week 1, he was graded as the second-best left guard in the NFL by Pro Football Focus. The Bills' offensive line hasn't been great as a hole, but Incognito's play has been a pleasant bright spot.
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Ahead of Sunday's game, Incognito is prepared for a reunion with not only his former teammates, but the fans -- and it has him excited.
"This one just has a little more meaning," he said. "There's obviously bigger things at play here."
As far as the crowd goes, Incognito isn't sure how he'll be received, but he still respects the fans in Miami.
"I have no idea what to expect [from the crowd]," Incognito said. "I really have no idea. Like I said, I've got a lot of friends in the organization. I've got a lot of friends that still play down there. I've got a lot of friends in the South Florida area.
"I've always had a lot of love from their fans. I've got a lot of respect for them."
During his time in Miami, Incognito was one of the best guards in the league -- before the bullying controversy derailed his time with the team. He hasn't missed a beat since coming to Buffalo and he'll hope to show that more than ever against the Dolphins on Sunday.