Oakland Raiders guard Richie Incognito is expected to suit up for the team on Sunday and admits his return to the field will be emotional. Incognito hasn’t played in the NFL since the end of the 2017 season and had to sit out the first two games of this year while serving a suspension for violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Incognito has been through a lot the last couple of years and said Sunday will be emotional for him and also his family.
“It’ll be emotional for me and my family,” Incognito said, via Michael Wagaman of the Associated Press. “It’s been a long trip to get back here. We’re just checking another box.”
Incognito pleaded guilty in two separate incidents in which he was charged with disorderly conduct. He also had some mental health concerns that he says he has dealt with. Incognito is ready to put the past behind him and focus on playing football again.
“The suspension’s behind me, all the negative stuff is behind me. Just eyes forward, staying positive,” Incognito said. “Relishing the opportunity, enjoying every day in here because you don’t know how many more you’re going to have. And wanting to play well. Just really want to charge forward and make it right.”
There are still some questions about what role he will play with the Raiders and how effective he can be, but it’s good to hear that he is in a better place, and hopefully, he can be an asset for Oakland.