Richie Incognito was the poster child for bad locker room behavior following an alleged bullying incident in the Miami Dolphins locker room a few years ago. After a year off and a fresh start with the Buffalo Bills, he's making the most of his second chance.
The most recent praise comes from NFL.com's Chris Wesseling, who puts Incognito on his list of potential Comeback Player of the Year candidates. Incognito has been a stud this season, picking up where he left off in Pro Bowl form with the Dolphins.
Bills general manager Doug Whaley agreed, saying so in an interview last week.
"He's had better guard play this year than I've seen scouting him for the last five or six years," Whaley said. "He's impressed all of us, and I would say ... he should be a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year. He has to be mentioned as a top five guard in the league."
The sentimental favorite for the award will no doubt be Kansas City safety Eric Berry, who returned to play at a very high level following cancer treatment a year ago. The Associated Press could also vote on another AP, Adrian Peterson, who was out of football a year ago after being arrested on child abuse charges, but who has stormed back to lead the league in multiple rushing categories. Other names to watch are Carson Palmer, Brandon Marshall, Larry Fitzgerald, and Tyler Eifert.
Incognito will be a free agent this offseason.