Thomas predicts Williams won't rejoin Dolphins

Posted: Thursday, October 07, 2004

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- With running back Ricky Williams ready to reverse directions and come out of retirement, his former Miami Dolphins teammates were mixed in their reaction Wednesday.

Defensive end David Bowens said he would like to see Williams rejoin the Dolphins, in part because they're 0-4. But Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas said he doubted that help from Williams is on the way.

''He will not be playing for the Dolphins,'' Thomas predicted. ''He's got too many things with the fans and too much with the media, and that's the reason he ran from it in the first place. He wouldn't come back here.''

Thomas might be right. Gary Ostrow, an attorney who has represented Williams, said the 2002 NFL rushing champion hopes to receive clearance from the league to play again before the Oct. 19 trade deadline so he can be dealt by Miami.

Williams asked the NFL for a hearing to clarify his status following repeated violations of the league drug program. The Dolphins say their understanding is he must serve a suspension for the rest of this season, and the NFL has declined to comment.

''It's very murky water, and Ricky has asked for a clarification,'' Ostrow said. ''He would like the option to play for another team.''

He's expressed an interest in playing for the Oakland Raiders. Their coach is Norv Turner, who was Williams' offensive coordinator during his two seasons in Miami.

''The Raiders would fit Ricky's personality better anyway,'' Ostrow said.

''But he may not have many options other than going back to the Dolphins. How many teams are going to have an interest in him other than Norv, who has a relationship with him?''

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