The Return Of Ricky

As first reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated suspended Dolphins running back Ricky Williams.
And although it’s not clear whether, when or with whom Williams will play this season, one thing is clear: ESPN would love it if he plays as soon as he’s eligible. The NFL released this one-paragraph statement today:
“Ricky Williams was notified this morning by Commissioner Goodell that he has been reinstated as an NFL player. Williams can begin attending team meetings and practicing immediately, but will not be eligible to play in games until Week 12 when the Dolphins play at Pittsburgh (Monday night, November 26). The Dolphins will receive a roster exemption for Williams for up to two weeks when he begins practicing, starting no later than Monday.”
The Week 12 Monday Night Football game between the Steelers and Dolphins would get a serious boost in ratings if it offered fans the opportunity to see Williams in the NFL for the first time in almost two years, rather than just the opportunity to see the Dolphins get blown out. ESPN executives must be praying that he’s activated immediately.
That’s probably not realistic, though. The Dolphins have seemed lukewarm at best about bringing Williams back, and he’s probably not in good enough shape to step on the field after just a week of practice.

One Response

  1. I hope that Ricky Williams follows the NFL rules after being reinstated – – and doesn’t start causing any problems for the Dolphins. I wish him the best.

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