Morris Mystified

Running back Sammy Morris was back at practice on Wednesday, happy to be back but still not sure what he did to deserve a four-game suspension from the NFL. The bottom line is he's just happy his time away from the game finally is over.

Let's take care of the on-field stuff first. Coach Nick Saban said Wednesday he would determine later in the week whether Morris would play against New England and what role he would fill.

The Dolphins have a one-week roster exemption for Morris, but will have to create a roster spot if they activate him for the game.

But that's a couple of days away.

Wednesday was about welcoming back Morris.

"It feels real good (to be back)," Morris said. "I talked to a couple of the guys while I was away, but it's a lot different being around and being in the environment. You kind of miss the camaraderie a little bit. It feels good to be back."

Morris was suspended by the NFL for violating their steroid policy when they claimed he tested positive for ephredine. Morris, though, says the positive test was the result of him taking Sudafed, which contains pseudoephedrine.

There would be several reasons for Morris to lash out at the NFL, one of which being the suspension itself, another being the fact he couldn't show up at the Dolphins training facility while Ricky Williams was allowed last year even though he had tested positive for marijuana.

Morris found out the latter two games before the preseason finale against St. Louis and he had to meet a Dolphins official in a food store parking lot to get his paycheck for that game.

Morris said he stayed in shape by working out at a local high school, although he wasn't allowed to wear anything with the Dolphins logo on it.

Morris stayed away from the game during his suspension.

"I really couldn't even watch the college games," Morris said. "The only games I watched was ours, and that was on DVD after the fact. It was just kind of a personal thing, it made it hard to watch, talk or do anything about football. I'm back now and that's the main thing."

Morris said the positive test dated back to last November, and then he had an appeal turned down over the summer.

"The toughest part for me, and I told my wife this, it would have been easier if I had cheated and got caught, as opposed to doing the right thing aned getting busted for something that I didn't do," he said. "To me, that was the worst part. It's a lot easier to deal with adversity when you know you messed up and you just have to be a man and take it.

"I did what I was supposed to do, and I feel like there's a bunch of unanswered questions."

Not shockingly, Morris isn't a big fan of the NFL's drug policy.

"I don't understand it," he said. "None of it, I don't understand. I just think they're taking a gray issue and trying to make it black and white, and I don't think that's possible."

Fullback Darian Barnes, who called Morris during his suspension, had harsher words for the drug policy.

"t's B.S.," he said. "And it's sad. I love this league, I love what it's done, what it does for people, but it's not perfect, nothing's perfect. Obviously, it's not perfect because he should have never gone through that."


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