Give it time

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

HAMILTON -- The Argos won't impose a deadline on the Miami Dolphins to let Ricky Williams play in the Canadian Football League.

With the situation nearing its third week and the Argos beginning training camp a week today, the Dolphins have yet to definitively say one way or the other whether their running back will be allowed to play for Toronto in 2006. Williams is suspended for the 2006 National Football League season because of his fourth violation of the substance abuse policy, but has two years left on his Miami deal.

Williams' agent Leigh Steinberg has lobbied to the Dolphins to give the Argos, who placed the player on their negotiation list April 26, permission to negotiate a contract.

"Many players have come to camp late. It's no real rush to do it or not to do it," Argo co-owner David Cynamon said yesterday at the Damon Allen Quarterback Challenge at Ivor Wynne Stadium. "We've got to be patient and I think it will just be a natural deadline at some point."

Argos fans have mixed views about Williams playing here.

"Ricky Williams doesn't take football seriously," Taylor Halfyard said. "I think (running backs) Jeff Johnson and John Avery have worked too hard for a guy like him to come up and take their (place)."

Ania Magnowska offered two perspectives.

"He would fill the stands at the Rogers Centre, but on the other hand I'm not sure if he fits in with the Argo organization and the anti-drug and the big-family (culture)," Magnowska said.

Sheldon Resnick said Williams could be useful on the field with his ability and off the field speaking to youths.

ALLEN ON TOP

Allen won the Quarterback Challenge by placing first in the final event for accuracy. Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Kevin Eakin placed second, while Kerry Joseph of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimos' Ricky Ray finished tied for third. Joseph won the longest-throw competition with an 81-yard bomb, beating the old mark of 74 yards by Nealon Greene.


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