Monday, September 1, 2008

From combined dispatches

Ricky Williams is signed up for two more seasons in the NFL. The Miami Dolphins are hoping he plays out his contract this time.

The Dolphins signed Williams to a one-year contract extension through the 2009-10 season Sunday, putting their faith in the controversial running back even though he has bailed on them in the past.

Speaking publicly for the first time in months, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team wanted to extend the 31-year-old so he didn’t become a free agent after this season.

“I wasn’t here in the past, so I don’t really know if he had a lack of dedication in the past,” Ireland said. “I mean, I know what I read and I know what circulates in NFL circles.”

SAINTS: A hurricane has driven the Saints out of New Orleans again. They don’t plan on being gone nearly as long this time.

With Hurricane Gustav bearing down on the Gulf Coast three years after Katrina swamped New Orleans, the Saints left Saturday for Indianapolis, where they will spend the week preparing for the Sept. 7 opener against Tampa Bay.

GIANTS: The New York Giants shored up their defensive end position by signing former Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick Jerome McDougle.

The Super Bowl champions lost seven-time Pro Bowl pick Michael Strahan to retirement in June and then had two-time Pro Bowl selection Osi Umenyiora sidelined with a season-ending knee injury a little more than a week ago in a game against the Jets.

New York moved Mathias Kiwanuka from linebacker back to defensive end days after Umenyiora was hurt.

PATRIOTS: John Lynch, the nine-time Pro Bowl safety signed by New England two weeks ago, was released.

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