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Staff Report • May 11, 2007 at 10:42 AM

Upset Faneca tells Steelers he's gone after this season

RB Ricky Williams tests positive for marijuana

Vick scrambles away from dog-fighting case

• FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick treated questions about his ties to an alleged dogfighting operation the same way he handles opposing defenses: He scrambled away.

Wearing a T-shirt that said "Pay The Price" and facing hordes of media Friday, the NFL's greatest running quarterback attempted to elude the sordid case much as he might attempt to escape a 300-pound defensive end.

"I know y'all are here to talk about the ongoing investigation back home in Virginia," the Atlanta Falcons QB said after the first practice of a mandatory three-day minicamp. "As of right now, that situation is still under investigation. My attorney has advised me not to talk about the situation right now. That's the best thing."

Vick did vow to change his ways, saying he is mindful of how he's viewed by fans. When asked for specifics, he replied, "You'll have to wait and see. Just don't plan on talking about me anymore unless it's about football."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has vowed to crack down on misbehaving players, already met with Vick and could suspend him if it's shown that the quarterback knew about dozens of mistreated dogs allegedly used for fighting. There's also the chance of criminal charges; dog fighting is a felony in Virginia.

The animals were found at a home owned by Vick in Surry County, Va. He previously said a cousin lived at the house and he rarely went there. Vick insisted that he didn't know that a large kennel on the property might be involved in a criminal activity.

Looking to cut ties with the notorious home, Vick quickly sold it. The Daily Press of Newport News, Va., reported that he put the two-story brick house on the market Wednesday and it sold the same day.

Upset Faneca tells Steelers he's gone after this season

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• PITTSBURGH - Longtime star lineman Alan Faneca says he is through negotiating with the Pittsburgh Steelers, pushing them again Friday to trade him and promising he won't play for them past this season.

Faneca, an All-Pro left guard five times since 2001, reported to a three-day minicamp only because it is mandatory and he could be fined for not attending. He didn't threaten to sit out the season, but made clear his unhappiness with a team that won the Super Bowl only 15 months ago.

"This will be my last year as a Pittsburgh Steeler," Faneca said.

Faneca, a nine-season veteran widely regarded as one of the NFL's top offensive linemen, said the Steelers' only offer to him wouldn't have made him one of the NFL's 10 highest-paid guards. Faneca will make $4.375 million this season in the final year of a contract worth $25.6 million in 2002, but was subsequently renegotiated to help the Steelers get under the salary cap.

Faneca, 30, would like to be traded, but is resigned with staying with Pittsburgh for another season.

"I've done my piece. I've done my time. I've done everything I can for this organization. I've lived and breathed Steeler football for nine years and gave them everything I've had and helped them win a Super Bowl," he said. "In my mind, I've earned the right to be treated fairly."

RB Ricky Williams tests positive for marijuana

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• MIAMI - Former NFL rushing champion Ricky Williams tested positive again for marijuana last month, which will delay his return to the league until at least September, a person familiar with the case said Friday.

Williams sought to end a one-year drug suspension last month when he asked to rejoin the Miami Dolphins. But following the positive drug test, clinicians in the NFL's substance abuse program advised commissioner Roger Goodell to delay reinstatement, the person close to the case said.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the testing program.

The Dolphins and the NFL declined comment.

Williams, who turns 30 on May 21, has played only 12 games since 2003. He was suspended in April 2006 after he violated the league's drug policy for the fourth time. That failed test apparently involved a substance other than marijuana.

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