- Associated Press - Monday, November 18, 2013

DAVIE, FLA. (AP) - The Miami Dolphins underwent interrogation Monday by an NFL special investigator, although they had already addressed one pressing question: Would they fold on the season?

Answer: No.

New York attorney Ted Wells began interviewing players regarding the harassment case involving tackle Jonathan Martin and suspended guard Richie Incognito. Wells‘ visit was expected to last at least two or three days, ensuring further distractions for a team trying to keep its season from derailing.

A defeat Sunday would have accelerated the Dolphins‘ recent tailspin. Instead they beat San Diego 20-16 to improve to 5-5 and remain in the race for an AFC wild-card berth.

“It’s going to come down to a tight finish, and we have to win,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “We want to win all the rest of our games.”

The Dolphins will try to do so while ensnared in the biggest scandal in franchise history. Martin left the team three weeks ago and alleges he was harassed daily by teammates, including Incognito.

On Friday, Martin spent nearly seven hours talking with Wells. Before the attorney began his interviews with other players, he released a statement _ his first public comments about the investigation.

“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. “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.”

Wells was appointed Nov. 6 by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate the Dolphins‘ workplace and prepare a report that will be made public.

“As we’ve said from Day One, we’re going to fully cooperate,” coach Joe Philbin said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said he was among those scheduled to talk Tuesday with Wells, after players had been interviewed.

“Hopefully most of what the players have to do will be taken care of today,” Sherman said.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said he didn’t expect the investigation to significantly affect preparations for Sunday’s home game against Carolina.

“We’ve been told they’re going to do everything they can to not disrupt the normal flow of the week,” Coyle said. “I don’t think it’s going to have much of an impact.”

Philbin agreed.

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