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Apologetic Williams reinstated by league

By The Associated Press and The Minneapolis Star Tribune

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gregg Williams knows he's got to prove himself every day.

The former Saints defensive coordinator said he received a "great rebirth" Thursday when he was reinstated by the NFL and hired by the Tennessee Titans after serving a nearly yearlong suspension for his role in the New Orleans bounty scandal.

But now that he's back in the league, he'll have to change the way he's done things in the past.

"I've got a very positive outlook on things," Williams said. "I understand and respect the game an awful lot, and the past is the past and what I'm talking about doing right now is creating a résumé from this day forward."

Williams took the first step when the Titans hired him as a senior assistant coach for defense. Williams thanked commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstating him while speaking at a news conference.

"I take full responsibility and apologize for my previous actions, and I've used this year to reorganize my life and put focus on positive energy and positive ways to inspire and coach and motivate in this profession," Williams said, reading from a statement.

"I'm grateful for this opportunity."

The league issued a statement saying that Goodell cited several reasons for reinstating Williams, including Williams accepting responsibility for his role in the bounty program, his commitment to never be involved in any pay-for-performance system and pledging to teach safe play and respect for the rules.

Williams, suspended indefinitely last March, now is the last person involved in the scandal to be reinstated by the league. New Orleans coach Sean Payton had his suspension lifted Jan. 22.

Peterson has hernia surgery

MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson's MVP season looks a bit more incredible now that it appears he played through a painful abdominal injury.

Peterson had surgery to repair a sports hernia. Dr. William Meyers performed the procedure in Philadelphia, the Vikings said, and the team expects "a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns."

Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards, 8 short of the NFL record set by Eric Dickerson during the regular season in 1984. Peterson was named the NFL's MVP.

As it turns out, he was pushing through severe pain for the Vikings' final six regular-season games and a playoff loss to the Packers. Peterson told ESPN he suffered the sports hernia injury some time during the Vikings' 34-24 home victory over the Lions on Nov. 11.


• The Detroit Lions released two veteran starters, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and guard Stephen Peterman, after cutting receiver Titus Young on Monday.

• The Buffalo Bills cut ties with receiver Donald Jones by allowing him to become a free agent after declining to tender the third-year player a contract.

• The New York Giants re-signed veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.

• Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said linebacker Ray Lewis, who retired after the Super Bowl, "has not expressed an interest to coach."

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