Originally created 10/07/04

Rookie Carey to make first start for Dolphins

CINCINNATI - Defensive end Justin Smith apologized to Cincinnati Bengals teammates and fans Wednesday for his drunken driving arrest.

With a Bengals cap on his head and coach Marvin Lewis at his side, Smith read from a folded sheet of paper on his lap.

"I just want to apologize today to my teammates, my coaches and our fans for the situation I put myself in and the Bengals' organization," Smith said. "I cast us in an unfavorable light and it's a disruption to our team, and the fans don't deserve it."

Smith was the Bengals' first-round pick (fourth overall) in the 2001 draft.

VIKINGS: Michael Bennett is injured.

Onterrio Smith is suspended.

And veteran Moe Williams is iffy with an ankle problem.

That leaves rookie Mewelde Moore and first-year man Larry Ned to lead the backfield when the Vikings play at Houston.

So far, Moore has been used mainly as a kick returner. He's returned seven kickoffs for 140 yards. But he's had only one carry this season.

Ned has played only on special teams coverage.

DOLPHINS: Former Miami running back Ricky Williams wants to rejoin Miami and has asked the NFL how soon he can return, according to his agent.

It's unclear whether the 2002 NFL rushing champion must serve a suspension the rest of this season for repeated violations of the league drug program.

On Sept. 24, an arbitrator ordered Williams to repay more than $8.6 million to the team for breaching his contract.

  • Miami first-round draft pick Vernon Carey will make his first NFL start at New England as a replacement for injured tackle John St. Clair.
  • Top receiver Chris Chambers is questionable this week after missing Sunday's loss to the New York Jets with knee tendinitis
  • JAGUARS: Bob Whitfield could see action at offensive tackle for Jacksonville on Sunday, just five days after being signed by the team.

    The Jaguars signed Whitfield on Tuesday, two days after Mike Pearson sustained a season-ending knee injury. Whitfield spent the past 12 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and started a franchise-record 123 straight games.

    PATRIOTS: Left tackle Matt Light signed a six-year contract extension with the Patriots that will keep him in New England through 2010.

    Light, 26, has started 53 of 55 games for New England, including the playoffs.

    BUCCANEERS: Chris Simms will make his first pro start at quarterback for winless Tampa Bay this week, replacing Brad Johnson.


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