MIAMI -- Suspended running back Ricky Williams applied for
NFL reinstatement Monday, his agent said.
"Ricky is extremely excited about the prospect of playing in
the NFL again and hopeful for a positive response," his agent
Leigh Steinberg said.
Williams has played in only 12 NFL games since the start of the
2004 season, but rushed for 3,225 yards in 2002-03. His current
suspension began in April 2006 after he violated the league's drug
policy for the fourth time. He tested positive for marijuana this
April, again delaying his return.
Under the league's substance abuse program, when a player
applies for reinstatement the doctors have up to 45 days to submit
their report and recommendation to the commissioner. He then has up
to 15 days to make a decision. That means the process could take up
to 60 days from the day Williams applies to be reinstated.
Williams remains under contract with Miami, where he won the NFL
rushing title in 2002. But new coach Cam Cameron has not indicated
whether he wants Williams to stay with the Dolphins, who fell to
"That's ultimately their decision," Steinberg said. "We've
had no contact with them."
Cameron said he would comment "if and when" Williams is
"You can't let this process wear you out," Cameron said, when
asked if the team has discussed the matter. "We've got pressing
issues that we're getting taken care of. Once the decision is made
we will put our heads together. We'll come up with a decision."
The NFL declined comment, saying it had not received official
notification yet from Williams.
Williams spent an extended vacation in Australia and India
during a yearlong retirement in 2004. He played in the Canadian
Football League in 2006.
Steinberg said Williams was in "great shape" and "great
spirits." He said Williams has been working with a personal
trainer and continues to teach yoga.
"He hasn't taken the wear and tear on his body in the last
couple years," Steinberg said. "He's a physical specimen and he's
got the potential to be among the league leaders in rushing. Aside
from one unfortunate season, he's never missed a day of training
Williams' attorney, David Cornwell, deferred questions to the
NFL on Monday.