News and notes

Ricky Williams is one step closer toward rejoining the Dolphins, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel report indicating he has been reinstated in the NFL's substance-abuse program. Williams, however, won't be allowed to rejoin the Dolphins until late July, either at the start of training camp or a few days after.

Williams, who has been driving back to South Florida from California this week, faces a four-game suspension and will be subject to 10 random drug tests a month for the rest of his NFL career.

After getting down to about 195 pounds, Williams is back over 200 pounds and agent Leigh Steinberg told the Sun-Sentinel that Williams was confident he would be in good shape by the start of training camp.

In other Dolphins news:

-- The Dolphins made a couple of roster moves this week, signing tight end Jason Rader and safety Billy Parker, and releasing guard Bobby Meeks.

Parker played in the Arena Football League in the spring and was runner-up for AFL Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the league with 10 interceptions.

As for Rader, he played in NFL Europe and caught 21 passes for 189 yards for the Rhein Fire.

-- The Dolphins are one of a few teams interested in USC defensive tackle Manuel Wright, who made himself eligible for the July 14 supplemental draft because he wasn't going to be academically eligible to play this fall.

Wright, a 6-6, 310-pound prospect, was a backup last season but has loads of potential and was projected as a possible future early-round pick.

Any team picking Wright in the supplemental draft will forfeit a pick in next year's draft in the same round it selects Wright this summer.


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