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NFL notes: Martin breaks silence, meets NFL counsel


Jonathan Martin spent nearly seven hours going into “great detail” with the NFL counsel investigating his claims of his harassment in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room. What came up in their talks, he isn’t saying for now.

He would say this: He still wants to play in the NFL.

Martin – in New York because the league is trying to gather information about the bullying he says he was subjected to by teammate Richie Incognito – arrived at the Manhattan office building of special investigator Ted Wells on Friday morning, and didn’t emerge until shortly after sunset. Mobbed by media, he stood in the camera lights and read a statement.

“Although I went into great detail with Mr. Ted Wells and his team, I do not intend to discuss this matter publicly at this time,” Martin said. … “I look forward to working through the process and resuming my career in the National Football League.”

Around the league

Minnesota (2-7) QB Christian Ponder says he is ready to play against Seattle (9-1) on Sunday. Coach Leslie Frazier isn’t quite ready to go that far just yet. Frazier said he would wait until today to see how Ponder’s injured left shoulder feels before he decides on a starting quarterback. But all signs point to Ponder, who was listed as probable on the team’s final injury report of the week, getting his fourth straight start. … New England (7-2) TE Rob Gronkowski is ready for some extra blocking against a strong Carolina (6-3) front seven, as much as he’s prepared to run his routes, and catch passes. At this point, he just wants to play. “Whatever the coaches have me doing,” Gronkowski said, “I’m going to perform to the best of my ability.” Gronkowski missed the Patriots’ first six games recovering from back and arm surgeries, but has caught 19 passes in three games.

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