Bad break for Ricky

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

REGINA -- Ricky Williams was expected to provide the Argos with a shot in the arm -- both from a playing and a profile point of view.

He now has a broken arm.

The Argos lost the former NFL rushing leader in the first half of last night's wildly entertaining 26-23 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He left the game after rushing four times for 17 yards in his fifth CFL game.

On one rushing attempt, Williams used his left arm to balance himself to gain extra yards.

Remarkably, Williams didn't wince, showed no signs of pain and walked to the sideline favouring his shoulder.

"I thought he had hurt his shoulder the way he was leaning," Argos head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons said. "You talk about fortitude. It's a clean break. He just came off quietly, didn't say anything. I'd have been screaming."

Williams was taken to hospital, where X-rays revealed a clean break, one of many bad breaks that have befallen the Argos, who improved to 2-3 with the win.

Williams, no matter where he has travelled during his brief time in the CFL, has become the centre of attention and last night was no different.

Immediately following his injury, the Miami Dolphins, who grudgingly gave their blessing for Williams to play in Toronto as he serves his one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, contacted the Argos.

News outlets throughout the U.S. were scurrying to gather information from the Argos media staff.

It remains to be seen how Williams' injury will be treated and who will oversee his immediate medical requirements and long-term recovery.

Clemons wouldn't speculate how long Williams will be inactive. Williams, who has been very cordial and engaging as an Argo, was not available.

Quarterback Damon Allen has missed the past four games after breaking a finger and says he's ready to play this Saturday.

Using Allen's broken bone as a reference point, it's safe to say Williams will be out a minimum of four weeks. He'll then have to get back into game shape.

It's expected John Avery, who has patiently waited to play, will finally be activated.

The Williams injury was one of many storylines on a night of explosive football.

Spergon Wynn, who has been filling in for Allen, was carted off the field and taken to hospital when he was nearly decapitated by Riders defensive line Scott Schultz on the final play of the first half. X-rays on Wynn's neck were negative and he returned to Mosaic Stadium.

Eric Crouch, the team's third-stringer, was forced into action and came up big to earn the game ball.

"It's unfortunate a great player like Ricky gets hurt after only five games," Crouch said of his fallen teammate. "There's not much you can do, except hope he gets back as soon as possible."


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