The Cincinnati Bengals say running back Stanley Wilson, suspended by the NFL for drug use in November 1984, has been reinstated and will have a chance to try out for the club.
Wilson, 24, was in Cincinnati for a weekend minicamp, although a hamstring injury prevents him from working out.
Wilson reportedly was in drug rehabilitation four times in a 13-month period. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle indefinitely suspended him because of the drug involvement; the suspension has been lifted because Wilson agreed to a stringent program including regular drug testing. The club made no announcement of Wilson's return, and stressed it was not involved in lifting the suspension.
"The league called to tell us he was reinstated, and that calls for us to give him a look," General Manager Paul Brown said.
Wilson appeared relaxed and upbeat at the Bengals' practice complex on the weekend. He said he has been living in California since November 1984, training census takers for the U.S. Census Bureau and working as a security guard.
In 1983, before injuring a knee in November, the former Oklahoma fullback averaged 4.8 yards per carry, running 56 times for 267 yards.
"The ability I have is God-given," Wilson said. "I'm going to be a little rusty here and there, but I don't see any problem whatsoever. Sometimes things have to happen before you awake. I'm definitely awake."