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Goodell expects Dolphins case to change NFL workplace rules


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he’s withholding judgment on the Dolphins bullying case until investigator Ted Wells completes his report. But Goodell expects the league to implement new rules this offseason.

Asked about the case that led Jonathan Martin to leave the Dolphins and Richie Incognito to be suspended, Goodell said the league is looking at changes to the environment in NFL workplaces.

“We’ll be reaching out to players, to clubs, to evaluate them in the next several months,” Goodell told the New York Times. “So we anticipate there will be changes in that for next season.”

Goodell said Wells has as much time as he needs to complete the investigation.

“We want him to be thorough and not to compromise in any way,” Goodell said. “When it’s complete, he’ll present it to me, and I have not given him any deadline.”

Wells is expected to release his findings in a few months. Which means we can already prepare for the NFL’s new workplace rules to be one of the big stories of the 2014 offseason.