PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 23 -- Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Bernard Williams, suspended for the first six games of the NFL season for violations of the league's drug policy, will have to sit out the rest of the season. Williams missed the first six games and was practicing with the team under a roster exemption.
He did not play in Philadelphia's seventh game of the season and the Eagles had a bye last weekend. Originally, a statement released by the NFL said Williams would have to be cleared for return by the league. He was not approved in accordance with the NFL Policy and Program for Drugs of Abuse and Alcohol. At the time of the original suspension, Williams, the Eagles' first- round pick in 1994, told a newspaper he tested positive for marijuana in the off-season and had been informed by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in a March meeting that he would be disciplined. 'This was a test that I failed a while ago,' Williams said. 'I smoked marijuana. I don't deny it. It's something I'm ashamed of. Everybody makes mistakes. Nobody is perfect.' The 6-foot-8, 317-pound Williams, who was selected 14th overall out of Georgia, can petition the Commissioner for reinstatement next season.