Williams is likely to play in Hamilton

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

Ricky Williams is expected to take one more CFL test drive.

The Argos, who toyed with the idea of holding the running back out of their final pre-season game Friday in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats if there were fears about his physical status or safety, likely will give the green light to Williams after an unspectacular CFL debut two nights ago.

"I'm not exactly sure where that conversation (about Williams sitting out pre-season game No. 2) came from," Argos coach Pinball Clemons said yesterday, a day after Williams rushed for seven yards on four carries in a 31-3 loss against the Ticats.

"I just said it won't be a fan decision, it's a football decision. From a football standpoint, for some reason, which I don't foresee, we decide not to dress him, (the decision will be made later in the week)."

But odds are the Argos will dress Williams to give him more time to prepare for the season opener, June 17 against the same Ticats at the Rogers Centre.

"All things equal, he'll see (some time)," Clemons said. "I don't know if he'll play that long, but he will play, I would imagine, more than he did this week."

Williams, suspended by the NFL for 2006 for violating the substance abuse policy for a fourth time, signed with the Argos last Sunday and had just four practices before his debut in double blue.


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