Williams lifts weights, meets with Dolphins teammates

Updated: November 19, 2007, 6:22 PM ET
Associated Press

DAVIE, Fla. -- Ricky Williams' latest comeback formally began Monday with some weightlifting and meetings with Miami Dolphins teammates.

He'll practice for the first time Wednesday, and it's possible the enigmatic running back could play next Monday when the Dolphins visit the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Officially, though, Dolphins coach Cam Cameron has a wait-and-see attitude.

"He hasn't practiced yet," Cameron said. "We'll take it one day at a time and evaluate each day and see what the next day brings and then I think you just take it from there and see what happens."

Williams' suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy was lifted last week, and Cameron welcomed him back to the team. Williams has played in only 12 games since retiring before the 2004 season, then returning.

Most Miami players seem intrigued to see what Williams can still do. If he can help salvage something from the Dolphins' season, then even better.

"I'd do anything for a victory right now," linebacker Joey Porter said late last week when news of Williams' return permeated the locker room. "That's where I'm at."

Players, including Williams, weren't available for comment Monday.

Williams hasn't played in the NFL since 2005, when he averaged 4.4 yards per carry and finished with 743 yards for the Dolphins. He led the league with 1,853 yards in 2002, his first season with the Dolphins, and has clearly been an offensive spark before.

But Cameron didn't assure that Williams would be rushed back into the lineup. Quite the contrary, really, considering the noncommittal way Cameron responded about the notion of playing Williams against the Steelers.

"We haven't even practiced yet. I think that might be a question probably down the road here in a little bit," Cameron said. "But I think today, with a guy I haven't seen practice yet and whose conditioning is a little bit of a question, I probably can answer that later on in the week."


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