Former NFL rushing champion Ricky Williams tested positive again for marijuana last month, which will delay his return to the league until at least September, a person familiar with the case said yesterday.
Williams sought to end a one-year drug suspension last month when he asked to rejoin the Miami Dolphins. But following the positive drug test, clinicians in the NFL's substance abuse program advised commissioner Roger Goodell to delay reinstatement, the person close to the case said.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the testing program.
Williams, who turns 30 May 21, has played only 12 games since 2003. Before his latest setback, new Miami coach Cam Cameron repeatedly declined to say whether he would welcome Williams back.
The NFL suspended Williams in April 2006 after he violated the league's drug policy for the fourth time.
Jones caught speeding
Nashville police ticketed Titans cornerback Adam
for speeding four days before his meeting with Goodell to appeal his season-long suspension. Jones was stopped at 12:45 a.m. Monday on Interstate 65 heading into downtown after an officer clocked him on radar at 79 miles per hour in a 55-m.p.h. zone. He was driving the 2004 Cadillac XLT sports car he bought at police auction last fall, with "PAC-MAN" embroidered into the seats. Jones also was cited for not having a driver's license with him. The cornerback met with Goodell yesterday in New York for the second time since April 3. The commissioner suspended Jones for the 2007 season for conduct detrimental to the NFL. Jones called that penalty too harsh and appealed to Goodell for leniency . . . All-Pro guard Alan Faneca
is upset at the Steelers' contract extension offer, and said he will not play for Pittsburgh beyond this season . . . The Daily Press of Newport News, Va., reported that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick
has sold his Smithfield, Va., house where a dog-fighting operation allegedly was conducted. The two-story brick house was put up for sale Wednesday and sold the same day . . . Charley Ane
, a standout tackle for Southern Cal in the 1950s and an All-Pro lineman for the Lions, died in Honolulu of pneumonia. He was 76.
© Copyright 2007 Globe Newspaper Company.