Missing Ricky

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

For CFL fans, the timing of Ricky Williams' injury is very unfortunate.

The former NFL rushing leader could have been poised to have a phenomenal next six weeks if he hadn't suffered a broken left arm in Regina on Saturday.

While some will scratch their head at that statement after looking at the CFL stats again and seeing the American star nowhere near the top of the rushing leaderboard, consider this: Williams was a big factor when he wasn't playing Winnipeg.

The Bombers have the best run defence in the league and they limited him to 20 yards over two games in the first six weeks.

But in his two other games before the injury, Williams had 97 yards on the ground against Hamilton and nearly 100 yards against B.C.

Besides playing the Hamilton Tiger-Cats - the worst team against the run - three times by the end of Labour Day week, the Argos play the Lions next week.

While there is no way to confirm how long Williams will be out, it will likely be at least a month before he's even allowed to start getting back into game shape.

If he's a very fast healer, he could make it back for Labour Day week - the end of the six-week stretch - to play the Tabbies, but he won't be in great shape.

Of course, the rumours have already started suggesting he'll never play another game with the Argos because the Miami Dolphins will instruct Williams to walk away from the CFL to avoid further injury.

PRIVATE RIDE: A few people milling around outside the gates of Mosaic Stadium during the second quarter on Saturday night were likely shocked to see Williams quietly appear and then hop into someone's car.

Instead of being taken to hospital with a broken arm by a Regina Health District EMT, Williams was transported in a private car belonging to the Rider medical staff.

It turns out that is a common practice for the Argos when a player can walk and handle the pain from an injury that needs hospital attention. The Argos ensure there is a private car waiting for such a situation at every game they play.

BLOWN OPPORTUNITY: What's wrong with the Saskatchewan Roughriders?

Is it a lack of leaders on the team? Is it a lack of a focus? Are there too many useless passengers? Is it all of the above?

A free spot on the bingo card rarely comes around in the new CFL landscape, but the Riders had one Saturday night against the Argos and soiled the sheets.

Toronto was missing five key players - Damon Allen, Tony Miles, R. Jay Soward, Eric England and Clifford Ivory - entering the game.

And of course, played the second half without Spergon Wynn and Williams.

But still, the Riders couldn't win.

That could haunt them in October.


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