Marcus Williams, 27, relived for jurors Wednesday in Oakland, Calif., the face-smashing punch teammate Bill Romanowski leveled on him during a practice drill that ended the former Oakland Raiders tight end’s career after two seasons.
Williams, a former Washington State University player, then told jurors why he was suing Romanowski in state court for millions of dollars in damages. The Aug. 24, 2003 attack, he testified, broke his left eye socket, shortened his memory and gave him double vision and depression.
Hours before Williams took the stand, Romanowski finished his second day of testimony, admitting that he did punch Williams during what he said was a fight.
Jets make Coles deal official
The New York Jets finalized their deal with receiver Laveranues Coles. Coles returned to the club after spending two years in Washington. He was acquired for Santana Moss in a swap of receivers.
Colts might let James go
Two-time NFL rushing champion Edgerrin James might be on the trading block and could be a big bargain for someone. Agent Drew Rosenhaus says the Indianapolis Colts are not demanding a first-round draft pick in exchange for the running back.
Around the league
Wide receiver Keenan McCardell agreed to a two-year contract extension with San Diego through the 2007 season. … Tight end Itula Mili is staying with Seattle after paying free-agent visits to Arizona and New Orleans. … Ricky Proehl decided to return to Carolina for his 16th season … Tight end Jermaine Wiggins was rewarded for a career year and re-signed with Minnesota. … Carolina linebacker and former Washington State star Mark Fields is delaying signing a new three-year contract with the Panthers until after he passes his annual May checkup following his treatment of Hodgkin’s disease. … Arizona re-signed defensive end Peppi Zellner to a two-year contract and released quarterback Shaun King and wide receiver Karl Williams. … Atlanta signed linebacker and Pro Bowl special teams player Ike Reese. … The New York Giants, who lost Kurt Warner to Arizona, signed 11-year veteran Jim Miller as a backup to Eli Manning. … Linebacker Donnie Spragan signed a two-year, $2 million deal with the Miami Dolphins. … Brad Johnson became the latest quarterback to audition for the Detroit Lions’ backup job. Guard Rick DeMulling, the former Cheney High and University of Idaho player also visited the Lions.
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