Williams glad to be back

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

CALGARY -- Ricky Williams was guarded, almost hostile, in dealing with the media prior to last night's game against the Calgary Stampeders.

Sitting out for over two months with a broken arm can do that to a guy.

But after yesterday's affair at McMahon Stadium, Williams was a new man, expressing enthusiasm for his game and his team and for next week's rematch at home against the Stamps.

The Argos are still waiting for the former NFL star to have his huge breakout game. And while that wasn't the case last night in a 39-18 loss, Williams was impressive, particularly his stamina.

The ex-Miami Dolphin played right until the game got out of hand in the fourth quarter, rushing for 57 yards on 11 carries, while pulling in five passes for 25 more.

What's more, he finished the game without aggravating his left arm, which he had broken against Winnipeg on July 8, or his sore heel.

"Yeah, I made it," Williams said, as a big grin spread across his face. "It felt wonderful to be back on the field. It was nice to be back out there with the guys. I had a lot of fun.

"(In fact), I was having so much fun, I didn't want to come off the field," the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner added.

Williams was replaced by John Avery after going down with his broken arm, and Avery responded with even better numbers, before he went down with a sore ankle three weeks ago.

Now, there's a good chance both backs will be ready to play next Saturday, when the Argos host the Stampeders.

As to what the Argos will do when both, head coach Michael Clemons said they'll cross that bridge when they get there.

Williams, being the much-hyped player from the NFL, will likely get handed the ball the majority of times.

"He's a good football player," quarterback Damon Allen said. "He played sound (last night). He caught the football, he picked up the blitz, he ran with the football, he ran strong. So hopefully he can just continue to build from there."


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