Richie Incognito - a former offensive guard with the St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins - must be evaluated before making a return to the NFL, reports suggest.
According to an unidentified league source that spoke to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Incognito - who is currently a free agent - will be able to sign a contract with a new team but cannot be paid or indeed play in the league again until he undergoes a detailed evaluation from NFL Players Association designated medical advisors in a report that then must be subsequently reviewed by commissioner Roger Goodell.
30-year-old former Nebraska Cornhusker Incognito - who was first selected into the NFL by the Rams in the third round of the 2005 draft - has hardly been out of the headlines over the last few months, having been suspended by the Dolphins after becoming embroiled in a sorry episode related to the alleged bullying of former teammate Jonathan Martin.
A return to the NFL for Incognito looks far from assured, then, but it appears that the player hasn't given up on a seemingly unlikely return to Sun Life Stadium in the future.
Incognito - an extremely physical player, if ever there was one - also seems keen on a potential link-up with the Oakland Raiders, commenting that he would be "100% into that" while citing his relationships with offensive coordinator Greg Olson and offensive line coach Tony Sparano.
However, it looks as if Incognito may have to put any real comeback plans on hold until that aforementioned evaluation can be completed.