Ricky Williams (above) will serve a four-game suspension beginning next month and then be reinstated with the Miami Dolphins by the NFL, according to his lawyer.
But the league says an agreement has not been finalized.
"I am pleased with the National Football League's proposal," attorney David Cornwell said Tuesday. "I think Ricky will be pleased, too."
Williams must approve the deal, which would move him from the retired list to the suspended list for the final four games of the schedule. The running back is required to serve a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. After that, his contract with the Dolphins would be in force.
"No agreement has been reached at this time," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.
Williams, 27, retired during the summer, giving up the $5 million he would have earned this season, which would have been his sixth in the NFL, amid reports he faced the suspension for substance abuse.
Cleveland Browns President John Collins insisted that the team intends on having coach Butch Davis finish out the rest of this season.
Running back Priest Holmes (knee injury) will miss his third straight game Sunday when Kansas City hosts San Diego, the Chiefs said.
HENSON GETS CALL TO START FOR COWBOYS
Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Drew Henson is about to get his first NFL start, even though Bill Parcells didn't want it to happen this way.
Parcells, who has been reluctant to play Henson unless forced, said Tuesday that Henson would start the Thanksgiving Day game against Chicago "unless things change appreciably" with usual starter Vinny Testaverde.
"I'm making the move that I'm forced to make," Parcells said. "The circumstances are dictating that right now."
The 41-year-old Testaverde has a sore right shoulder and back and is listed as questionable. He was hurt early in the fourth quarter Sunday. Henson's relieved Testaverde and completed six passes for 47 yards, including a 1-yard TD toss.
IOWA UPSETS TEXAS IN MAUI INVITATIONAL
Pierre Pierce hit a 25-foot jumper with 44 seconds left to give Iowa the lead for good, and the Hawkeyes beat No. 15 Texas, 82-80, in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational basketball tournament in Hawaii. Iowa (3-0) will face North Carolina in the championship game tonight. The 11th-ranked Tar Heels beat Tennessee, 94-81, on Tuesday.
On the last play of the game, when Texas' P.J. Tucker missed a chance to tie it, Pierce stepped on another player's foot and hurt his left ankle. He was on the floor in pain while his teammates celebrated, then they ran to him and helped him to the locker room.
He left the Lahaina Civic Center on crutches and was taken for X-rays.
"He made big play after big play in the second half," Iowa coach Steve Alford said. "But he's on crutches right now and we don't have a long turnaround."
RATCHUK HELPS FREDONIA CRUSH D'YOUVILLE
Fredonia State's Jill Ratchuk (Mount Mercy) came off the bench to score a game co-high 18 points as the Blue Devils (2-1) walloped visiting D'Youville, 71-38, in women's college basketball.
Buffalo State's Darnika Moseley and Tawan Slaughter (Christian Central) led all scorers with 19 and 18 points respectively but the Bengals (2-1) fell, 79-63, to host St. John Fisher (3-0) in Pittsford. . . . Autumn Lee-Jeffries (Holy Angels) had 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead Hilbert (1-1) in a 56-50 loss to Alfred University.
In men's basketball, Quentin Bryant (Seneca) scored 31 points for Alfred U. in an 84-76 men's win over Hilbert. Sam Gioia (West Seneca West) led Hilbert (0-3) with 14 points. . . . Fredonia beat D'Youville, 79-66, behind Randall Thomas' 21 points and 20 from Chris Donahue (Olean). D'Youville's Kyle Ward scored a game-high 23 points.
AROUND & ABOUT
Retief Goosen, the U.S. Open champion, shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead over PGA champion Vijay Singh in the four-player PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Masters winner Phil Mickelson shot a 68, and British Open champion Todd Hamilton opened with a 70.
Kasey Kahne, who narrowly missed out on his first victory five times this season, was selected NASCAR's Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year.
Damian Miller and the Milwaukee Brewers reached a preliminary agreement on a three-year contract that would guarantee the catcher $8.75 million. Miller, 35, batted .272 for Oakland last season.
In high school basketball nonleague season-openers, Lauren Shagla-McKotch scored 16 points to lead Southwestern's girls to a 68-25 win over Frewsburg while Mike McGinnis (19 points) and Kevin Vincent (17) led the Falconer boys to a 60-43 victory over Brocton.
Compiled from News and wire service reports.