I'm almost positive I heard he can't play this year for any team let alone the Dolphins
I believe you are right Scott...
They were talking on the radio and according to NFL by-laws, Bongy Williams would have only missed 4 games as a suspension, BUT because he filed retirement papers to try to avoid the suspension, he would now have to serve a 1-year suspension:
Under league rules, a player in the NFL's drug program faces suspension if he returns in the calendar year after he announces his retirement. If he returns after a year, he faces a lesser suspension.Williams wants NFL to clarify his eligibility
So, if Ricky comes back before the 1-yr anniversay of his retirement, he faces a larger suspension (likely 1 year). If he comes back after 1 year has passed from his retirement date, he would STILL have to serve the 4 game suspension for drug abuse that started the whole thing.
Either way, he most likely won't be back in the NFL officially until 2005.