Canadian Football League

Friday, May 11, 2007

Former Canadian Football League player tests positive again

Ricky Williams, who spent last season in the CFL while serving an NFL drug suspension, has tested positive again for marijuana, according to a source.
A person familiar with the case said the former NFL rushing champion tested positive last month.
Williams had applied to the NFL for reinstatement in April but following the latest positive drug test, clinicians in the program advised league commissioner Roger Goodell to delay reinstatement, the source said.
Both the NFL and Dolphins declined comment. Leigh Steinberg, Williams' agent, did not immediately return a telephone message.
Williams spent the 2006 season with the Toronto Argonauts, rushing for 526 yards on 109 carries but missed two months with a broken arm and Achilles tendon injury. But on Friday in Toronto, Argos president Keith Pelley said if Williams has indeed tested positive, he won't be able to find refuge in the CFL this season.
Pelley said in the off-season the CFL's board of governors passed a code of conduct policy preventing its teams from signing players under suspension by other leagues, including the NFL.

"I can definitively say Ricky Williams will not be in the CFL this season," Pelley said.
Williams, who turns 30 on May 21, was suspended in April 2006 by the NFL after violating the league's drug policy for the fourth time.
Last month, Steinberg quoted Williams as saying his interest in eastern philosophy had overcome his desire for mind-altering substances.
Williams won the 1998 Heisman Trophy at Texas and the 2002 NFL rushing championship with the Dolphins, but has played only 12 games since 2003.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Holland hopes to land in Canadian Football League

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His football journey, the one he hopes leads to the NFL, is about to take Justin Holland to Winnipeg.
So what does he know about the city he's about to call home?
"Nothing. They say it's cold. They say it's windy. That's about it."
OK, so Winnipeg isn't exactly what he had in mind. But after a career at CSU defined more by injuries than accomplishments, Holland was grateful for the opportunity when the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers came calling.
"I've never doubted my abilities," Holland said. "I just had some unfortunate things happen to me in college that didn't allow me to reach my full potential. I have a feeling I'll get another chance in the NFL. But if I have to stay in the CFL for a while, I will."
Holland was cut by the Dolphins last year and wasn't signed after a tryout with the 49ers. After passing on a chance to play Arenaball, he kept working out in Denver and waited for the phone to ring.
The good news is he still has the strong arm that made him one of the most highly touted prep quarterbacks ever from Our State. And nothing is more important in the Canadian game, with its extra-wide field, 20-yard end zones and 12 players a side, than a quarterback with a big arm.
"It's a different game, but it's set up for a guy like me," he said. "It's my natural progression. I didn't have anything but my senior year in college. This is a step up from college and a step under the NFL. I need to go up there and compete and prove I can play." ...