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Friday, May 27, 2005
Romanowski agrees to pay Williams to end litigation

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Former Oakland Raiders teammates Marcus Williams and Bill Romanowski are settling their legal dispute.

Williams sued his former teammate after getting hit in the face by Romanowski during a practice drill in 2003. The pair announced Friday that Romanowski is agreeing to pay $415,000 to resolve the litigation.

Williams' career ended after his eye socket was broken by Romanowski, who ripped off Williams' helmet during a practice drill and hit him in the face.

Romanowski retired that year, and a jury in March ordered him to pay Williams $340,000 in damages.

Williams was not happy with the jury's verdict, and was seeking a new trial until the two sides agreed to end the dispute.

Williams, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2002, played in 13 games as a rookie during Oakland's Super Bowl season. He was used primarily on special teams but was trying to earn a regular position during his sophomore season before he was injured.

The Raiders have claimed they are not responsible for any damages, and fined Romanowski $60,000. Romanowski was not charged with a crime.