NFL investigator begins interviews with Miami Dolphins players

abeasley@miamiherald.comNovember 18, 2013 

NFL investigator Ted Wells began his on-the-ground investigation of the Miami Dolphins’ workplace conduct scandal Monday, and hoped to have all interviews with players completed by the end of the day.

That's according to offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, who said he has a meeting with Wells scheduled for Tuesday.

By front-loading all player interviews, Wells is trying to avoid interfering with the team’s preparation for Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers.

Dolphins players would usually be off the day after a win, but are coming in to speak with investigators in three shifts this Monday.

“They’re in charge of the review process. ... We’re going to fully cooperate,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “We’re sticking to the schedule. We’re going to be fine.”

Added defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle: “I don't think it’s going to have much of an impact. We’ve been told that they’re going to do everything they can not to disrupt the flow of the week.”

Wells, a respected New York-based attorney, is expected to spend the next three days in Dolphins headquarters, and will have particular interest in what offensive line coach Jim Turner and center Mike Pouncey have to say.

He spoke with Jonathan Martin for more than seven hours Friday.

“We look forward to meeting with Dolphins players, coaches and staff in order to get the facts and prepare a thorough and fair report,” Wells said Monday in a prepared statement. “The Dolphins organization has been very helpful in arranging the interviews and urging their personnel to cooperate with the investigation. We have asked all Dolphins personnel to respect the process and avoid commenting on the investigation.”

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Sunday that he expects Wells will ask to speak with him this week.

Tannehill’s strategy: “Be truthful, be honest. Tell my side.”

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