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Former Nole RB Karlos Williams facing one year NFL ban

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When he left Florida State after the 2014 season, running back Karlos Williams appeared to be an effective short yardage option headed to the NFL After all, in his final two years with the Noles, Williams scored a total of 22 rushing TDs with most of those coming inside the 10 and in “goal to go” situations.

Now, he not only isn’t a threat to score, his NFL career may be already be over. As Field Yates of ESPN reported Wednesday afternoon, Williams is apparently facing a one year NFL suspension on top of a 10 gamer he had already gotten last fall for positive drug tests.

He was drafted in the fifth round by the Rex Ryan led Buffalo Bills in 2015 and delivered with seven rushing and two receiving touchdowns in his rookie year lookint like a steal for the round/expectation out of that Bills draft class.

But in addition to being out of shape in the off season, he failed a drug test and was eventually released by the Bills before last season. The Steelers had him on their practice squad in October, when he was suspended for 10 games for another failed drug test. He was released, again shortly after that.

The latest news comes in late June with Williams not even on an NFL invite to training camp roster. And, it almost guarantees that he will play for no one, at all until at least 2018.

And that’s predicated on someone giving a chance to a player, who not only got out of shape after just one year in the league, but has repeatedly shown that he cannot be trusted to not do drugs, even though his career hangs in the balance.

It’s a far cry from Williams’ days in Tallahassee, where he was part of a Noles Jameis Winston-led offensive, that included Devonta Freeman and Kelvin Benjamin and won the BCS National Title dramatically over Auburn in the Rose Bowl.

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