Ricky Recognition; New Lineman Aboard

After Ricky Williams' brilliant performance in the victory over Carolina, he told reporters he didn't want to talk about himself but rather only about the team. So it shouldn't have been surprising that his comment after being named AFC Offensive Player of the Week again would be about his teammates.

"An award like this to me is not an individual achievement, but a testament to the entire team," Williams said in a statement distributed by the Dolphins. "I would not be able to accomplish this honor without the hard work of the offensive line that played great despite all of the injuries we suffered against Carolina, our fullback and the downfield blocks by our tight ends and receivers. Coach Sparano has always stressed for us to be a mentally strong and physical team and we will have to continue to carry his vision the rest of the season to accomplish our team goals."

True enough, but Williams' performance nonetheless was outstanding.

To refresh your memory, Williams rushed for a season-high 119 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 46-yard run late in the fourth quarter. It was the first time in his career he had scored both a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game.

Williams became the first Dolphins offensive player to win the weekly award this season, and it was a first for Williams since Week 14 of the 2002 season. That was the year he rushed for a team-record 1,853 yards.

Also on Wednesday, the Dolphins announced another roster move, promoting offensive lineman Andrew Hartline from the practice squad and signing guard/center Mark Lewis to take his place there.

Hartline, who can play guard or tackle, is not related to rookie wide receiver Brian Hartline.


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