Ravens' Cary Williams suspended for 2 games

Cornerback violated conduct policy with Titans

no arrest, agent says

July 23, 2010|By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun

Ravens reserve cornerback Cary Williams was suspended two games by the NFL for a violation of the personal conduct policy, the team confirmed Thursday.

Williams was signed by the Ravens on Nov. 24 off the Tennessee Titans' practice squad.

"We've been aware of this since before we signed Cary," general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement.

The disciplinary action was taken by the NFL because of "a situation" involving Williams' family in Tennessee while he was a member of the Titans, his agent, Marc Lillibridge, said Thursday. There was no arrest involved, according to the agent.

This isn't the first time Williams has been in trouble. In 2004, Williams was suspended twice at Fordham before getting kicked off the team. He eventually played at Washburn.

Lillibridge appealed Williams' two-game suspension. He pointed out that Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill was suspended for one game after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug possession in April and then was arrested days later in a domestic violence investigation (the NFL could still revisit the last incident and extend the suspension).

"I thought we had a strong case," Lillibridge said. "We reached out to the league office. But once the punishment is handed out, it's done. Of course, I'm disappointed. But those are the rules, and the players have to abide by them."

As training camp opens next week, Williams is behind five cornerbacks on the depth chart: Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington, Lardarius Webb, Chris Carr and Walt Harris. If Washington and Webb, who are recovering from knee injuries, are unavailable, Williams' chances of making the team would increase. His best shot at making the Ravens is on special teams. He had five special teams tackles last season for the Ravens.

Note: Forbes magazine ranked the Ravens 15th in its annual list of the most valuable franchises in pro sports. The team was valued at $1.08 billion, nearly the same as in last year's rankings. Ten NFL teams were ranked ahead of the Ravens, including the Washington Redskins, at No. 4.

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