03 Nov 2013
It was a bit shocking last week when Miami tackle Jonathan Martin left the team and was put on the non-football injury list for "emotional reasons." But we're starting to get some more information on what's going on in the Miami locker room and it seems to take the usual rookie hazing to a new (and surprisingly financial) level. Dolphins veterans are apparently pressuring some rookies into paying for meals until they've exhausted their $390,000 rookie salaries. Making rookies pay for big veteran meals is an NFL tradition, of course, but you usually don't get a report that the rookies have paid so much that they've gone broke. You also don't normally have a player who is still being pressured to spend money in his second season, and then goes on the NFI list with emotional problems. ESPN reports that Martin won't file a formal complaint with the league because of fear of retribution from teammates.
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Ben Roethlisberger's ability to perform under a heavy pass rush remains critical to Pittsburgh's offensive success.