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Williams applies for reinstatement to NFL

MIAMI -- Suspended running back Ricky Williams applied for NFL reinstatement Monday, his agent said.

"Ricky is extremely excited about the prospect of playing in the NFL again," Leigh Steinberg said.

Williams has played in only 12 NFL games since the start of the 2004 season, but rushed for 3,225 yards in 2002-03. His current suspension began in April 2006 after he violated the league's drug policy for the fourth time. He tested positive for marijuana this April, again delaying his return.

Williams remains under contract with Miami, where he won the NFL rushing title in 2002. But new coach Cam Cameron has not indicated whether he wants Williams to stay with the Dolphins, who fell to 0-4 Sunday.

The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner spent an extended vacation in Australia and India during a year-long retirement in 2004. He played in the Canadian Football League in 2006 and taught yoga in California.

Williams' attorney did not immediately return phone messages Monday.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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