Argos may keep Ricky away from Ivor Wynne

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

Running back Ricky Williams may be kept out of the Argos' pre-season finale in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats if there are issues concerning his physical status following his first game or fear for his safety at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Williams is scheduled to make his Argo and Canadian Football League debut tomorrow night at the Rogers Centre against the rival Tiger-Cats. Williams signed with the Argos last Sunday when the Miami Dolphins, who have him contract for two more years, granted permission. Williams is suspended for the 2006 NFL season for his fourth substance abuse violation.

David Cynamon, who owns the Argos with Howard Sokolowski, told the Toronto Sun yesterday there have been internal discussions about whether or not to play Williams in both games. He said ultimately head coach Pinball Clemons and his staff will decide. But Cynamon said that if it's decided to play Williams in only one of the two pre-season games, the owners would prefer it be at home to showcase the star to Argos fans.

"We said (to Clemons) don't feel like you have to play him in both games," Cynamon said. "Do what you need to do. This will completely be (the coaches) call."

It's been speculated the Argos may deliberately keep Williams out of the game in Hamilton because his safety could be an issue at a venue that has been historically hostile to Toronto players and fans.

It's also been rumoured the Argos may keep their newest star out of the game because Hamilton owner Bob Young wouldn't support them when they asked each CFL team to provide written assurances they wouldn't try to claim Williams when he was deliberately waived after this season to allow him to return to the Dolphins. Every team but Hamilton co-operated.

"Won't comment on it," Argos president Keith Pelley said.


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