Back had dropped below 200 pounds in off year

Updated: July 7, 2005, 12:23 PM ET
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Ricky Williams is bulking up to batter NFL linebackers.

The running back, who sat out last season and had reportedly dropped below 200 pounds, has been working out and now weighs about 215 pounds, his agent told The Miami Herald.

Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg, told the paper that the back is ''in good spirits and ready to go" when camp starts.

Steinberg said he would ask the league to reinstate Williams before the Dolphins begin practice July 25.

Williams, who has acknowledged that he tested positive for marijuana a third time last July, has to stay retired for a year to avoid a full season's suspension under the league's drug policy. He is still subject to a four-game ban.

Normally, Williams would be reinstated to the NFL's drug program upon his return to the league. But Steinberg said NFL officials decided to put his client back in the drug program early to monitor him before his official reinstatement by the league.

Williams, who turned 28 last month, rushed for 1,853 yards in 2003, his first year in Miami after being traded from New Orleans, then ran for 1,372 yards the next season. Without him last year, the Dolphins fell to 4-12 and new coach Nick Saban chose another running back, Ronnie Brown of Auburn, with the second overall pick in April's draft.

The Williams saga had numerous twists, including his acknowledgment shortly after retiring that he failed drug tests and faced a suspension for testing positive three times for marijuana. A court later found Williams, a Heisman Trophy winner with the Texas Longhorns, in breach of contract by retiring, and ordered him to repay the team $8.6 million.