Retired Miami Dolphins tailback Ricky Williams and his attorney, David Cornwell, are scheduled to meet with NFL officials today in California to discuss Williams's desire to return to the league.

Cornwell appears prepared to argue that Williams, who left the Dolphins just before training camp, should be allowed to play immediately because the player never signed retirement papers. The league's position appears to be that Williams is retired because he made his intentions known to the Dolphins, who placed him on their reserve/retired list, and that Williams is ineligible to play this season under provisions of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Aches and Pains

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect wide receiver Joe Jurevicius to play Sunday against Chicago. Jurevicius has been sidelined since undergoing preseason back surgery. . . . The Chicago Bears probably will be without defensive end Adewale Ogunleye for one to two weeks after he aggravated his sprained right ankle in Sunday's loss to the Redskins. . . . The Oakland Raiders placed quarterback Rich Gannon on the injured reserve list, officially ending his season because of the neck vertebra he broke in a game last month. . . .

Pittsburgh placed defensive tackle Casey Hampton and safety Mike Logan on injured reserve and signed defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy. Steelers cornerback Chad Scott will miss four to six weeks because of an injured quadriceps. . . . Carolina tailback Stephen Davis sat out yesterday's practice because of discomfort in his surgically repaired knee. Panthers linebacker Mark Fields, sidelined for three games by a back injury, participated in the practice. . . . Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich missed most of yesterday's practice because of a sprained ankle but still vows to play Sunday at Indianapolis. . . . Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio suspended defensive lineman Willie Blade for one week for conduct detrimental to the team but declined to elaborate. . . . New England placed rookie wide receiver P.K. Sam (groin) on injured reserve.