With his broken left forearm in a sling and a smile on his face, Ricky Williams spoke optimistically about his future and present as an Argo yesterday.
Talking to the media for the first time since breaking a radius bone in his left forearm Saturday, the star running back said he will remain with the team and in Toronto until he is ready to play in six to eight weeks.
"I have nowhere to go back to," Williams said. "I have nothing better that I'd be doing than being around the guys here. I've dedicated these six months of my life to being an Argonaut. That's not going to change."
Away from the Miami Dolphins this season after being suspended by the NFL for a substance abuse violation, Williams doesn't sound overly concerned about the injury. Williams, who has average statistics (231 yards on 57 carries with one touchdown), received a call from Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban after suffering the injury in Regina.
"It's a broken arm, so it's not too much rehab," Williams said. "You're just trying not to lose too much muscle in your arm. Once you get back, you just strengthen that muscle. It's not complicated.
"Talking to coach Saban, he said first and foremost he feels for me having to go through having a broken arm. Secondly, he said it's not a big deal. It's just a broken arm. You come back. They say a broken bone is easier than a sprain or something like that because you know a bone heals in six to eight weeks."
Williams feels the injury-riddled Argos will hit their stride down the stretch. He is looking forward to finally having a chance to have significant playing time with quarterback Damon Allen, who is almost ready to return from his own injury -- a broken finger.
"It's just going to take a little bit longer," Williams continued. "But I think it will make people hungrier. I think when we are on the field together, it's going to be something special.
"When it first happened, I started to feel sorry for myself. But you take a step back and you see this team, we've got 12, 13 guys who aren't playing this week. We have so many injuries.
"I think it's for a reason. If you look at it positively, you'll see in September we're going to be fresh hopefully and a force to be reckoned with when it's important to be good."
Williams said it was an "incredible feeling" returning to the team's practice facility.
"Just being around the team, I think it will be good for them and good for me as well, keeping my spirits up," he said. "The thing about healing is if you keep your attitude positive and you keep yourself in a positive environment, the healing process gets sped up a bit."