Originally created 04/12/06

League isn't rushing to rule on Williams



NEW YORK - The NFL has no time table to rule on an appeal by Ricky Williams of a positive drug test that could result in the Miami running back's suspension for the 2006 season, the player's lawyer said Tuesday.

Lawyer David Cornwell and Williams met Monday with NFL counsel Jeff Pash in an attempt to have the league overturn the test.

Cornwell said Tuesday he and his client presented "compelling evidence" showing that disciplining Williams would "undermine the integrity" of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The league, which doesn't acknowledge drug tests until there is a final determination, had no comment on the appeal. If the positive result is upheld, it would be Williams' fourth violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, meaning at least a one-year suspension.

Previous positive tests were for marijuana, which Williams acknowledged using. The latest test apparently involved a drug other than marijuana.

Williams retired and sat out the 2004 season, but returned last year to play for new Miami coach Nick Saban.

Before being allowed to return, Williams served a four-game suspension at the start of the season for his third violation of the drug program.

BENGALS: Cincinnati receiver Chris Henry is scheduled to stand trial May 30 on charges of carrying a concealed firearm.

Henry was arrested in January after a police officer accused him of pulling a pistol on a group of revelers. Officers found a Luger on the back seat of a limousine and a loaded magazine in a gutter where Henry was standing, according to police reports.