Former Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder backtracked Thursday from comments he made a day earlier that former teammate Ricky Williams smoked marijuana on the eve of his franchise-record, 228-yard rushing game against Buffalo on Dec. 1, 2002.
Speaking on his radio show Wednesday on WQAM-560, Crowder said, according to Pro Football Talk: “Remember that Buffalo game, the 200-yard game? Smoked the night before. Talk to Ricky. He was doing it, that’s what he did. Ricky has social anxiety, and he smoked weed. Ricky’s marijuana didn’t affect the team until he got caught smoking. … Him smoking weed, sitting at his house smoking weed, didn’t affect anybody but Ricky. He got high, and then he sobered up and then he went to practice the next day.”
But on Thursday afternoon, Crowder posted on his Twitter account @OfficialCrowder: “@ProFootballTalk is trollin my radio show. Its funny. I was a SR in HS when Rick ran for 200. How would i know what he did b4 the game?”
In the game at Buffalo, Williams scored on dramatic runs of 45 and 55 yards amid snow flurries, but Miami lost 38-21. Williams had another 200-yard game the following week, rushing for 216 in a home win against Chicago.
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Crowder, who played for the Dolphins from 2005 to 2010, disputed a characterization made by some media outlets that Williams routinely smoked before big games. Crowder told the Miami Herald that he “was talking big picture.”
During his time with the Dolphins, Williams was suspended twice and reportedly violated the league’s drug policy at least four times. He abruptly retired before the 2004 season and spent the year traveling and studying. He returned in 2005 but failed another drug test and was suspended for the 2006 season, which he spent playing for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. He played his final season with Miami in 2010.
Even though the Dolphins were off Thursday, they still had to release an injury report based on who would have practiced had the team been on the field.
The only two changes from Wednesday: defensive end Vaughn Martin and cornerback Dimitri Patterson would have participated fully despite having ankle injuries. Cornerbacks Jamar Taylor (groin) and Will Davis (toe), and quarterback Pat Devlin (ankle) would have missed practice again, the team said.
The Dolphins return to practice Friday.