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NFL notes: Richie Incognito files grievance

RICHIE INCOGNITO: Suspended by Dolphins on Nov. 3

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RICHIE INCOGNITO: Suspended by Dolphins on Nov. 3

Richie Incognito filed a grievance Thursday against the Miami Dolphins over his suspension.

The NFL Players Association released a statement late in the afternoon saying the veteran guard filed a non-injury grievance.

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‘‘The grievance challenges his suspension for conduct which was alleged to have occurred while he was with the club,’’ the union’s statement said. ‘‘In the grievance, Incognito requests that the hearing be held on an expedited basis so that he can immediately resume playing for the team.

‘‘The NFL Players Association will continue to protect the rights of all players.’’

Incognito was suspended by Miami on Nov. 3 for misconduct related to the treatment of Jonathan Martin, who left the Dolphins late last month to receive help for emotional issues.

The NFL is investigating whether Incognito harassed or bullied Martin.

Incognito has said the conduct was all part of the normal locker room environment.

Incognito has missed one game, and the suspension by the team can last four games. The Dolphins, who have not said how long Incognito is suspended, said they do not comment on grievances.

Martin is scheduled to meet Friday with Ted Wells, the independent investigator hired by the NFL. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also plans to meet with Martin.

Also, the Dolphins offensive line got even thinner. A person familiar with the situation said backup tackle Will Yeatman tore the ACL in his knee Wednesday, ending his season.

Ed Reed, Jets a match

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Safety Ed Reed signed with the Jets, reuniting with former coach Rex Ryan.

The Jets signed nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, bringing one of the NFL’s greatest playmaking defensive players to a secondary on a defense that ranks 24th against the pass.

The 35-year old was released Tuesday by Houston and cleared waivers Wednesday.

Jets coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman coached Reed for eight years in Baltimore.

There’s a good chance Reed will to play Sunday at Buffalo.

Peyton Manning practices

Peyton Manning was back at practice for the Broncos on Thursday, listed as ‘‘limited’’ on the injury report but looking more and more like a sure thing to play Sunday. Manning missed practice Wednesday to get more treatment on the right ankle he aggravated when Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget dived at the quarterback’s lower legs toward the end of last Sunday’s game . . . Packers tight end Jermichael Finley plans to have spinal fusion surgery and intends to play football again after suffering a neck injury last month in a game against the Browns. . . . NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said the league’s competition committee will look this offseason at whether to expand rules that protect quarterbacks.

Percy Harvin debut?

Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin was a full participant in practice for the first time this season Thursday. Harvin underwent hip surgery on Aug. 1 to repair an injured labrum. Harvin’s debut could come this Sunday against his former team, the Vikings . . . The Raiders expect to have starting right tackle Tony Pashos, missed four of the last five games with a hip flexor, back for Sunday’s game against the Texans . . . The NFL granted the Bills a one-day extension Thursday to avoid becoming the first team this season to have a home game blacked out on local television.

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