Ricky in a rush to return

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

While John Avery tries to stay healthy and Jeff Johnson attempts to increase his role in the Argos offence, Ricky Williams will be working toward a speedy recovery.

A day after Williams underwent surgery to repair a broken radius bone in his left forearm, the suspended NFL star running back's agent, Leigh Steinberg, said his client has every intention of returning to the Argos as soon as possible.

"He's clearly disappointed, but he's hopeful of recovering quickly," said Steinberg, who is cautiously optimistic the four to six week recovery period will end closer to the four-week mark than six."He has a history of healing rapidly and he is hoping to make it back in time to have a successful season.

"He signed a contract for a year and he has been happy with the experience. He has enjoyed his teammates and the organization and the feedback he has had from fans and the interaction he has had with the general public has been very positive. He has been so happy about it."

The Miami Dolphins, who have Williams under contract in the NFL, released a statement from coach Nick Saban yesterday.

"We're very supportive of Ricky and the season he is having in Canada," Saban said. "Hopefully, he'll have a speedy recovery and we feel certain this setback will not affect his future as a football player."

Avery, meanwhile, left practice with an undisclosed injury yesterday, but his representative, Bill Thies, said Avery told him last night he was fine.

Avery was expected to make his 2006 debut Saturday at home against the B.C. Lions.

"Something happened at the beginning of practice and I asked the (medical staff) for him to get it checked out right away," Argos coach Pinball Clemons said.

Johnson, a Canadian, has been on the active roster with Williams this season, but has played a secondary role. He replaced an injured Avery late in 2005 and opened eyes with his strong play.

"(Avery) and I have gotten along really well the last three years and whatever offence we decide to come out with, it will probably incorporate both of us and we'll be having some fun working together," Johnson said.


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