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Top pick Brown ends holdout with Dolphins

DAVIE, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2005) -- Top Miami Dolphins draft pick Ronnie Brown ended a three-week holdout and joined the team's training camp practice.

The former Auburn running back, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, flew late on Aug. 14 from his Georgia home to South Florida after missing the Dolphins' first two preseason games.

Brown practiced with the team in the afternoon and will compete for playing time with 2002 NFL rushing champion Ricky Williams, who is coming back from a one-year retirement and must sit out the first four games of the season for violating the league's drug policy. Running back was a revolving door for Miami last season after Williams quit before training camp.

Brown is the Dolphins' highest draft selection since 1966, and the first rusher in the draft to be taken higher than fourth since Ki-Jana Carter was the No. 1 pick in 1995. Brown ran for 2,707 yards and 28 touchdowns at Auburn, including 913 yards and eight scores last season.

New Miami coach Nick Saban declined to criticize Brown during the holdout. The Colts' Edgerrin James and the Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson both enjoyed big rookie seasons despite extended holdouts.

The Associated Press News Service

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