ESPN: Ricky tests positive again
If this is true, and there is no reason to believe it is not since Mort is usually nails on his reporting, it means Ricky has let everyone -- the Dolphins, his agent, his family and most of all himself -- down again.
It also means Ricky has likely played his final game in Miami, maybe anywhere.
This news shows there was wisdom in the non-commital manner the Dolphins have been answering questions about Ricky. Clearly, the team is in the loop about Ricky's progress (or lack thereof) and if they were aware Ricky fell off the wagon, so to speak, it makes sense they would distance themselves from him or try not get anyone's hopes up about his return.
This news also confirms the Dolphins have been correct with their unstated, yet obvious, policy of never again relying on Ricky because, well, the guy has proven over and over that he cannot be counted on.
Miami made the mistake of counting on Ricky twice in the last three years and got burned each time.
Dave Wannstedt counted on Ricky to be his offense in 2004 and Ricky bolted before the season. Nick Saban counted on Ricky to be a stabilizing force in his backfield last year, a great insurance policy against Ronnie Brown's so-so performances, and sure enough, Ricky wasn't around when his coach and team needed him.
So it is obvious neither general manager Randy Mueller nor coach Cam Cameron are going to allow themselves to depend on Ricky. Ever.
Mueller drafted Lorenzo Booker to be Miami's backup running back. And the man who once dealt Ricky to the Dolphins for two first-round picks is almost certain to take a long-range view of the situation, meaning it's hard to trust a running back longterm when he's nearing his 30th birthday (May 21) and has missed two of the last three seasons.
Cameron, meanwhile, has offered a sobering contrast to the manner in which Nick Saban treated Ricky upon his hiring. Saban called Ricky right away and embraced him. Cameron has made no such reach for Ricky's digits and has doggedly deflected every Ricky question as if it was a plague hurled at his children.
Cameron, in fact, has handled questions about Ricky with a similar aloof style to how he's handled Daunte Culpepper questions. And we all know by now what he intends to do with Daunte once Trent Green is aboard.
It just seems that Cameron's love for predictable goody-goody citizens that are unlikely to give the Dolphins' family a bad name leaves free-spirited, often-weird Ricky out of the picture.
Add to the intrigue the fact Ricky's locker was given away to Booker last week, and you have compelling reasons for believing Ricky's career here is over.