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NFL report on Incognito-Martin at least one week away

DAVIE, Fla. -- The NFL report on the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin scandal won't be issued for at least another week, according to a statement from investigator Ted Wells' law firm.

"The news media information that Ted Wells' report would be issued to the NFL and public on Thursday of this week was incorrect," said the statement from Wells' New York-based firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

"Mr. Wells informed the NFL before the Super Bowl that he expected his report to be completed and issued either late next week or early the following week. Mr. Wells continues to be in full control of the timing of the report."

Wells, the prominent attorney who was appointed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate the Incognito-Martin situation, concluded six days of interviews at the Dolphins' facility on Nov. 23. When his report wasn't released before the end of the regular season there was speculation it likely wouldn't be released until after the Super Bowl. Now it appears won't be released until at least a week after the Super Bowl and possibly two weeks afterward.

Wells interviewed every Dolphins player, coach and staff member while he was at the team's facility. He also interviewed both Martin (in New York) and Incognito, as well as former Dolphins players.

There's been lots of jostling recently in the Martin-Incognito situation, including Martin granting a national TV interview, Incognito's attorney responding to that interview, and someone leaking more than 1,000 text messages between Martin and Incognito. On Tuesday, the Dolphins lifted their suspension of Incognito.

About a week ago Dolphins owner Steve Ross said he didn't think either Incognito or Martin would ever play for the team again. Incognito becomes a free agent next month while Martin remains under contract.

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