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League suspends Jimmy Williams for a year

Free-agent cornerback Jimmy Williams has been suspended for a full year.  The suspension apparently arises from his latest violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy, according to Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange.

Williams also was suspended five games in 2008.

One of various Virginia Tech players whom the Falcons likely wish they’d never acquired, Wiliams was a second-round pick of the Falcons in 2006.

He was charged with marijuana possession in June 2007.  The incident came to light just as the Mike Vick dogfighting case resulted in a felony indictment.

Despite the charges, Williams remained with the Falcons through the 2007 season, appearing in 14 games and starting two that year.  He was cut in June 2008, and he spent last season out of football.

The 49ers signed Williams in January 2009, but they cut the cord in May.

Under league rules, Williams can serve the suspension without being on a team.  So if he stays clean and qualifies for reinstatement, he would be able to play again in 2010.  However, given that no one wanted him before the one-year suspension, it’s likely no one will want him after it.

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14 Responses to “League suspends Jimmy Williams for a year”
  1. virtueandvice says: Jul 15, 2009 2:18 PM

    guy was a bust from day 1. Falcons started him as a nickle corner and found out pretty quickly he couldn’t cover anyone. Then they tried moving him to safety and that didn’t pan out too well either. Doubt he will ever make it back in the league.

  2. Mangy66 says: Jul 15, 2009 2:20 PM

    One of the most physically gifted corners to play the game…
    …all that potential completely wasted.

  3. lifelong says: Jul 15, 2009 2:21 PM

    yet another in a long line of Rich McKay draft busts.

  4. Display Name says: Jul 15, 2009 2:27 PM

    Never heard of him…

  5. AR says: Jul 15, 2009 2:40 PM

    i remember when he played at tech…always thought he would be ok in the NFL but def stunk if up..doesnt help when you cant stay out of trouble

  6. yeabut-whatever says: Jul 15, 2009 3:10 PM

    pass it over here man…..
    I don’t think smoking weed should be banned – what’s the big deal about a puff now and then….ask my main man Moss – Homey

  7. JSpicoli says: Jul 15, 2009 3:15 PM

    Never heard of him. Too bad the Raiders didn’t draft him, his story would be front page news for the past 2 years.

  8. bofarr says: Jul 15, 2009 3:25 PM

    Does the UFL need an slow, overweight pothead CB who doesn’t like to work? Anyone? Bueller?

  9. KILLER FIN says: Jul 15, 2009 4:11 PM

    another winner???

  10. screaming sheep says: Jul 15, 2009 5:42 PM

    Jimmy Smith is a great man. A great man indeed.
    (tongue in cheek, thats for you saintspanthersbucssukk)

  11. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jul 15, 2009 8:03 PM

    Jimmy Smith, the former Jacksonville Jaguar wide receiver, is a great man. A great man indeed!
    That makes TWO names you don’t have right, sir. Take a good look at your post. Proofread! Proofread!

  12. wahooforlife says: Jul 16, 2009 3:59 AM

    Quit drafting hokies, jeez!

  13. screaming sheep says: Jul 16, 2009 5:52 AM

    Poop, I’m sorry, Jimmy Williams is a great man. A great man indeed.
    I got the other name the way I wanted to.

  14. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jul 16, 2009 9:17 AM

    @screaming sheep
    whatever.

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