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Dolphins re-sign WR Boston to one-year deal

MIAMI (May 18, 2005) -- The Miami Dolphins re-signed troubled wide receiver David Boston to a one-year deal two months after the team cut him for failing a physical as he recovered from season-ending knee surgery.

Boston missed all of last season after injuring his left knee during a training camp practice Aug. 6 in Houston. He spent the entire season on injured reserve before he was released in March.

While recovering, Boston ran into trouble off the field.

In December, the NFL suspended the 6-foot-2 receiver for four games for testing positive for steroids. Unable to play, Boston instead lost one-fourth of his salary. Boston has denied using steroids.

Then in February, he pleaded no contest to a charge that he struck a ticket agent at the Burlington International Airport four months earlier. He had been rehabilitating the knee in Vermont, where he had the surgery.

Boston was acquired from San Diego before last season in exchange for cornerback Jamar Fletcher and a 2005 sixth-round draft pick. The first pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 1999, Boston's best season was 2001, when he had 98 receptions for 1,598 yards and eight touchdowns.

After signing with the Chargers in 2003, he had 70 catches for 880 yards and seven scores, but was dealt because of run-ins with coach Marty Schottenheimer.

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