DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A restless Richie Incognito sat with Miami Dolphins teammate Mike Pouncey watching their team's most recent game on TV, and contemplating the strange sequence of events that reduced them to couch potatoes.
"Richie looked over and was like, 'Man, I can't believe that we're sitting here watching the Dolphins play,'" Pouncey said Wednesday. "I was like, 'It's unbelievable, bro. I had never pictured this ever in my life.' We got a laugh out of it."
Sidelined by a gall bladder illness, Pouncey said he watched Sunday's victory over San Diego at his house with Incognito, who was suspended for his role in the team's bullying scandal.
"He's doing really good," Pouncey said. "He's in good spirits. He wants to get back on this football team, wants to get back and play football. Richie Incognito is a football player — that's the only thing he knows. He's missing it to death, but he'll be all right."
Incognito was suspended Nov. 3. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday on his grievance against the Dolphins seeking to rejoin the team.
Pouncey said he was interviewed about the scandal Wednesday by NFL special investigator Ted Wells, who has been questioning players, coaches and staff at the Dolphins' complex this week. Wells is looking into allegations that tackle Jonathan Martin was harassed daily by teammates, including Incognito.
"He were asking a bunch of questions," Pouncey said. "It seemed like a long time but it probably wasn't. They got all the questions they wanted to get out of us, and we gave them trustful answers. They're in there just trying to figure out what's going on, so they're doing the right thing."
Pouncey rejoined the team Wednesday after spending three nights in the hospital, and he worked on the side during practice. He said he's feeling much better and hopes to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
His illness was the latest setback in an eventful year for the Dolphins' center. Following the Dolphins' game at New England on Oct. 27, Pouncey was served with a grand jury subpoena related to the criminal case involving his friend and former University of Florida teammate, Aaron Hernandez.