DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Two people familiar with the situation say suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito sent text messages to teammate Jonathan Martin that were racist and threatening.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins and NFL haven't disclosed the nature of the misconduct that led to Incognito's suspension.
Martin remained absent from practice today one week after the tackle suddenly left the team. Also absent was Incognito, suspended indefinitely late Sunday for his treatment of Martin.
The team and NFL continued their investigation into allegations by Martin's representatives that he was bullied. The NFL Players Association also planned to look into the matter.
Fox undergoes surgery
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Executive Vice President John Elway says Denver Broncos coach John Fox underwent heart surgery today in North Carolina. Fox underwent aortic valve replacement surgery while defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was running practice after being named interim head coach.
Elway said he knew Fox needed a heart operation, which had been scheduled for after the season.
Del Rio was named interim head coach Monday when the Broncos returned from their bye. He will remain Denver's defensive coordinator while running the team for several weeks while Fox recovers.
In other NFL news:
— Wide receiver Mario Manningham has been activated from the physically unable to perform list by San Francisco and is available for Sunday's home game against the Carolina Panthers. He is coming off reconstructive surgery to repair torn anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments. The 49ers waived cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (NAHM'-dee AH'-suhm-wah).
-The Bengals have put defensive tackle Geno Atkins on the injured reserve list, four days after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The All-Pro lineman got hurt during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. Atkins led all NFL interior linemen with 12½ sacks last season and led the Bengals with six this season.
-The Buffalo Bills have released quarterback Matt Flynn in another indication rookie starter EJ Manuel is ready to return from injury. Flynn was cut three weeks after the Bills signed the sixth-year player. The Bills were in need of experienced depth with Manuel sidelined by a sprained right knee. Manuel has been cleared for practice after missing four games.
Monday Night football at Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Monday Night football is a battle of old-time rivals with 4-3 Chicago at 5-2 Green Bay. Chicago has lost three of four after a 3-0 start. Green Bay has won four straight. A win for the Bears would create a three-way tie atop the NFC North with the Packers and Lions, who are 5-3 and have a bye this week. Josh McCown will get the start at quarterback for the Bears, who are without Jay Cutler, out with an injured groin.
Free agent offers
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are making $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew. The team has decided not to make an offer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-ah), also a free agent. General manager Ben Cherington says he'd like to re-sign the catcher.
Around the rest of the majors;
— The Cardinals have made a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to free agent Carlos Beltran, though they aren't expecting him back next year. General manager John Mozeliak says he expects the 36-year old Beltran to look for a multiyear contract with another team. Beltran has 15 RBIs in the post-season.
— The Reds made a $14.1 million qualifying offer to leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo. He was one of the top leadoff hitters in the majors with a .423 on-base percentage, a .285 batting average, 21 homers, 54 RBIs, 20 steals and 107 runs scored.
— The Braves have made a $14.1 million qualifying contract offer to catcher Brian McCann for the 2014 season. By making the qualifying offer, the Braves would receive a compensatory draft pick at the end of the first round if McCann signs with another team.
— The Rangers have made a $14.1 million qualifying contract offer for next season to Nelson Cruz, the All-Star slugger who served a 50-game suspension this year. In 108 games before his suspension in August, Cruz hit .269 with 27 homers and 76 RBIs.
Report: A-Rod failed stimulus test
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, The New York Times has reported, an accusation denied by a representative of the legal team for the New York Yankees' third baseman.
The newspaper cited two unidentified people involved with baseball's drug-testing program.
Baseball's joint drug agreement specifies the discipline for a first positive test for a banned stimulant is six additional unannounced drug tests over the year following the violation. A second stimulant violation would result in a 25-game suspension.
Rodriguez's legal team accused MLB of leaking the allegation of a positive test.
Wizards coach fined
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman has been fined $20,000 by the NBA for using profane language during a postgame news conference. Wittman swore while discussing the Wizards' 109-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. The Wizards have since dropped to 0-3. They play the 76ers again on Wednesday.
Four games tonight
UNDATED (AP) — One of four NBA games tonight has Minnesota at Cleveland. The Timberwolves are off to a 3-0 start while the Cavaliers sit at 1-2 and are hoping to avoid a third straight loss after an season opening win over Brooklyn.
Minnesota has won four of five games against Cleveland after a nine-game losing streak in the series.
Also tonight, 3-0 Houston visits the Los Angeles Clippers, off to a 2-1 start. Set to return to the Staples Center for the first time since leaving the Lakers, Dwight Howard tries to lead the Rockets to their best start in 17 seasons. Howard is averaging 15.0 points, 17.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks for the Rockets, who are limiting opponents to 38.7 percent shooting. The All-Star center averaged 19.3 points on 60.0 percent shooting and 3.0 blocks in four losses against the Clippers last season while with the Lakers.
The two other contests have Golden State at Philadelphia and Boston at Memphis.
Slim Monday night slate
UNDATED (AP) — Just two games dot the NHL schedule tonight. One contest has Anaheim at the New York Rangers. The Ducks are off to an 11-3-1 start while the Rangers sit at 6-7. This is the second and final game of the season between these cross-conference clubs. The New York Rangers will look to avenge a 6-0 loss at the Anaheim Ducks last month. Anaheim has earned at least a point in each of its past three games against New York. The other contest has Detroit at Winnipeg.