Green eligible to play next season

Updated: February 1, 2004, 8:16 AM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Browns running back William Green was reinstated by the NFL, which lifted its indefinite suspension after he completed a treatment program.

Green was suspended for four games in November for violating the league's substance-abuse program. The ban was extended while he got help for drug and alcohol abuse at a facility in Boston.

Team spokesman Todd Stewart said the second-year back recently returned to the Browns' training complex in Berea, Ohio.

Green's suspension came after he was charged with drunken driving and marijuana possession on Oct. 27. He has a March 8 court date.

Last week, Green was denied a request to reunite with his fiancee, who is accused of stabbing him. Asia Gray has pleaded innocent to stabbing Green in the back with a steak knife in their home Nov. 19.

Green ran for 559 yards and one touchdown before his suspension. As a rookie, the former Boston College star, rushed for 887 yards -- 726 in his final seven games -- and helped the Browns make the playoffs.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press