Ricky ready to lead charge

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

Ricky Williams has bigger goals than just returning to the Argonauts lineup for his team's next game.

The injured running back wants to lead the Boatmen to the Grey Cup and says he'll take it personally if it doesn't happen.

At Woodbine Racetrack yesterday where he was the guest drawmaster for Sunday's Woodbine Mile, Williams said he expects to return to practice this Sunday when the team re-convenes after its bye week.

After that, he fully intends to be in the lineup for the Sept. 23 date in Calgary against the Stampeders.

"It's about time for me to show my influence," Williams said of his anticipated role with the Argos as they make a push for first place in the Canadian Football League's Eastern Division and beyond.

"If we don't go to the Grey Cup, I will take it as my fault."

Williams has been out of the lineup since breaking his left arm in a game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on July 23.

He says his arm is recovered enough to play but a gash suffered to his heel when it was struck by a metal door at the team's practice facility has been slower to repair.

Coach Pinball Clemons said recently that Williams may have a better chance to return to action sooner than the team's other injured running back, John Avery.

It is clear the team's offence could use a boost after its tedious, touchdown free 11-9 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this past weekend.

As for his time off, it doesn't sound as though Williams is missing the NFL much. The former Heisman Trophy winner said he watched the Miami Dolphins with indifference as they lost their season opener to the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, 28-17.

"It wasn't difficult at all, I live in the moment," Williams said. "I'm sad that they lost, I have a lot of friends on that team, but it wasn't difficult for me."

As for his extended injury timeout, Williams said he has been able to appreciate some benefits to the CFL.

"If you want to live and be happy and be around good people, play in the CFL," said Williams, who has rushed for 231 yards on 57 carries in his brief career in three-down football. "If you want to make money, be in the NFL."


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