Argos set a deadline

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

The Argos have finally put a timetable in their pursuit to sign Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams.

A source told the Toronto Sun that the Argos ownership and management have set a date when they will inform Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg, they have lost interest in the player, who is suspended for the 2006 National Football League season for his fourth substance abuse violation.

The source would not specify the date, but it wouldn't be a surprise if it's in the next few days. With the Argos' Fan Day on Saturday, the subject of Williams, if he is still on the club's radar, will surely be a topic that will be raised.

Argos president Keith Pelley declined comment.

The Argos have been thwarted in their attempts to receive permission from the Dolphins to talk to Williams despite numerous conversations between Pelley and his Miami counterpart. Steinberg has acted as a conduit.

Various North American media outlets have followed the Argos interest in Williams. The New York Times dispatched a reporter to chronicle former NFL players with checkered histories who are on the Argos roster. The Times ran the story yesterday on the front page of its paper.

ARGO NOTES

Cornerback Dave Donaldson, who is the likely choice to replace the retired Adrion Smith, has missed practice the past two days with a minor injury. Veteran returner Bashir Levingston has received a lot of reps, hoping to augment his role. Rookie Leron Mitchell has also received lots of work ... Running back Sean Bennett, picked up from Ottawa in the dispersal draft, has been impressive catching balls out of the backfield.


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