Williams wants his status clarified

Updated: October 18, 2004, 4:24 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Ricky Williams asked the NFL for a hearing to clarify his status following repeated violations of the league drug program, and it looks like he'll get his wish.

Williams and his representatives will meet with NFL officials Thursday as the running back plans to make his case for reinstatement into the NFL this season, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported.

 Ricky Williams
Williams

While it is unclear who specifically will be representing the league at the meeting, commissioner Paul Tagliabue will not be one of them.

Williams told The Miami Herald in an Oct. 7 telephone interview that he wanted to pay back his $8.6 million debt to the Dolphins and wanted to play for the Dolphins again.

While some teammates weren't too keen on Williams returning to Miami, Williams told the paper he didn't care what people thought of him.

Williams has expressed an interest in playing for the Oakland Raiders. Their coach is Norv Turner, who was Williams' offensive coordinator during his two seasons in Miami.

The 2002 NFL rushing champion stunned the Dolphins when he retired just before training camp in late July.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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