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03/24/2014 05:26 pm ET Updated Apr 02, 2014

Richie Incognito Must Undergo Evaluation Before Being Allowed To Play

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 20: Richie Incognito #68 of the Miami Dolphins warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bil
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 20: Richie Incognito #68 of the Miami Dolphins warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills on October 20, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Buffalo defeated Miami 23-21. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Controversial former Miami Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito needs clearance from the NFL before he'll be allowed to play, according to NFL Network.

Incognito is a free agent and is allowed to sign a contract, but won't be playing until the NFL and NFL Players Association sign off on him.

Incognito has sought help for mental health issues following the Ted Wells investigative report that alleged he was the chief tormenter of former teammate Jonathan Martin in a bullying scandal that rocked the Dolphins' locker room

Per the report, Icnognito has visited three treatment facilities for mental health and substance-abuse issues over the past several weeks.

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