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Williams finds new home with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have signed veteran running back Ricky Williams to replace Willis McGahee, who they let go days before training camp.

Williams agreed to a two-year deal, the team announced on Monday.

The former Heisman Trophy played last season with the Miami Dolphins and if everything goes well with his physical today, Williams will work in tandem with Ray Rice.

"He's a veteran that brings a lot of leadership," Rice said. "I'm looking to learn a lot from him. I'm looking forward to working with him."

A former Pro Bowler, Williams rushed for a career-high 1,853 yards to lead the league in 2002.

"He's an awesome player," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "He's a legit player."

Last season, Williams, 34, split time with Ronnie Brown in Miami and averaged 4.2 yards per carry. He gained 673 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Williams has rushed for 9,569 career yards and 68 touchdowns, recording 325 receptions for 2,523 yards and eight touchdowns.

"It gives us a proven playmaker, an outstanding runner, an outstanding receiver and an outstanding pass protector," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. "He knows this system and he has played extremely well in this system."

Williams has a history of failed drug tests for marijuana and has been suspended by the NFL previous. He has also retired in the past only to return to football.

He has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, which was treated successfully with therapy and medication.

"I think those things are way, way, way in the past," Cameron said. "My relationship, my experience with him, there is no risk, but we're all human. There's risk with everybody. We all make mistakes. Ricky's not perfect, but I know he's got a great heart and he's a great football player."


Lions lose Leshoure

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The banged-up Detroit Lions have taken another hit.

A big one.

Running back Mikel Leshoure tore his left Achilles tendon on Monday, ending his season before it began.

"There's no more tests that need to be done. He'll have surgery very soon," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "He'll be back, but he won't be back this year."

The rookie was injured after being hit high, quickly and clean, by defensive end Cliff Avril during an 11-on-11 drill in practice.

Leshoure was carted off the team's practice field after being attended to by team trainers.

The Lions were counting on the second-round pick from Illinois to provide power in the backfield to go along with the slight and speedy Jahvid Best, who struggled to stay healthy last year as a rookie and in college at California.


Around the league

*Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson has a torn right biceps tendon and will try to rehabilitate the injury to avoid surgery that would sideline him for a longer period.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt would give no timetable for Wilson's return other than to say he expects the four-time Pro Bowler to play this season.

Wilson didn't talk to reporters after Monday morning's practice but reportedly has told people that he believes he will be ready for the team's Sept. 11 opener against Carolina. The 31-year-old Wilson, who has played all 10 of his NFL seasons with Arizona, was injured in Saturday's scrimmage.

*Rather than "cry" or "moan" about not getting a new contract -- as he put it -- DeSean Jackson ended his holdout from Philadelphia Eagles training camp on Monday.

The Pro Bowl wide receiver never did explain why he skipped the first 11 days of practice, choosing, he said, "to move forward."

*The Denver Broncos have released their first depth chart of training camp, and Kyle Orton is listed as the starting quarterback ahead of Tim Tebow. Orton has been taking almost all the first-team snaps with Tebow and Brady Quinn sharing work with the second and third units.

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