Three days after the Dolphins’ locker room sent strong messages of support to guard Richie Incognito and no messages of support to tackle Jonathan Martin, reporters returned to the locker room and, for the first time, a player on the team publicly has said he’d welcome Martin back.

Via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, the endorsement came from cornerback Dmitri Patterson.

The well-traveled veteran, undrafted the same year Incognito joined the NFL as a third-round draft pick, joined the Dolphins in 2012, the same year Martin arrived.

“Definitely, I would,” Patterson said regarding whether he’d welcome back Martin.

Patterson is the first player to swing the door open for Martin. It could take plenty more before Martin would ever be able to walk back into the locker room.