Williams won't make trip to Montreal

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

Wherever he has gone this season, Ricky Williams has been the centre of attention.

Media members want to ask questions and opposing players have been hellbent to tackle the former NFL rushing king.

With Williams nursing a broken arm and the Argos unwilling to provide any kind of incentive for the 6-0 Montreal Alouettes, the Argos have decided to keep Williams at home.

When he met the media last week for the first time following surgery to repair his broken left forearm, Williams spoke about the importance of staying with the team.

The Argos are making their only regular-season trip to Montreal and Williams' presence loomed as a distraction.

Earlier this year, Als head coach Don Matthews was fined $5,000 by the league when he ripped the CFL for allowing Williams, who is under suspension from the NFL, to sign a one-year contract.

Even if Williams had shown his face at McGill Stadium, you just know the rabid fans would have given him an earful.

We have liftoff

Argos head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons watched yesterday's practice from the top of a forklift normally manned by the team's video staff to film each session.

"I just wanted a different perspective," Clemons said of his bird's-eye view. "You can see everything going on and it's a chance to take a few more notes."

What he saw was a roster decimated by injury.

Clemons admits the game tomorrow presents a challenge in terms of preparing for the Als from a special teams point of view.

The Argos lack depth and experience, absolute essentials going into any game, let alone playing against a 6-0 team that smells blood.

The mess gets worse

Clemons confided yesterday that slotback/returner Keith Stokes played last week despite a sprained knee. Stokes suffered the injury in the first quarter against the B.C. Lions and played the rest of the game wearing a brace.

The eyes don't lie

Receiver Tony Miles can see why the Alouettes have jumped out to a CFL-leading 6-0 start.

"They've been playing with a great swagger," Miles said. "We watch film and the film don't lie. Our job is to take away their swagger and help regain our swagger."


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