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No timetable set for Williams decision

NEW YORK (April 11, 2006) -- The NFL has no timetable to rule on an appeal by Ricky Williams of a positive drug test that could result in the Miami running back's suspension for the 2006 season, the player's lawyer said.

Lawyer David Cornwell and Williams met with NFL counsel Jeff Pash in an attempt to have the league overturn the test.

Cornwell said he and his client presented "compelling evidence" showing that disciplining Williams would "undermine the integrity" of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The league, which doesn't acknowledge drug tests until there is a final determination, had no comment on the appeal. If the positive result is upheld, it would be Williams' fourth violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, meaning at least a one-year suspension.

Previous positive tests were for marijuana, which Williams acknowledged using. The latest test apparently involved a drug other than marijuana.

Williams retired and sat out the 2004 season, but returned last year to play for new Miami coach Nick Saban.

Before being allowed to return, Williams served a four-game suspension at the start of the season for his third violation of the drug program. He ran for 743 yards and averaged 4.4 yards a carry while sharing playing time with rookie Ronnie Brown.

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