Argos wait for word on Williams

Running back Ricky Williams re-injured the Achilles tendon in his left foot in the Argos win over...

Running back Ricky Williams re-injured the Achilles tendon in his left foot in the Argos win over the Stampeders over the weekend. (Toronto Sun File/Dave Abel)

DEAN McNULTY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

Just when it looked as though the Argonauts offence had found a rhythm late in the team's 23-16 win over the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday, more injury woes now threaten to disrupt any forward progress.

Running back Ricky Williams -- once seen as the catalyst to move the franchise to another Grey Cup berth -- re-injured the Achilles tendon in his left foot on his first rushing touchdown of the season.

Team officials expect to know today the full extent of the injury and whether it will keep the former NFL rushing leader out of the Argos' Thanksgiving Day matchup at Rogers Centre against the Edmonton Eskimos.

It is just the latest in a string of injuries that have plagued the offence this season.

Argos coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons said that while there has been plenty of finger-pointing at the offensive production of the club in the media, he placed much of the blame at the revolving door of the team doctor's office.

"I am not concerned about the way the offence played (against Calgary)," Clemons said. "We have a starting quarterback who has missed half the season with injury; we have five of our offensive linemen that have missed multiple games."

The coach said in spite of scoring just a single offensive touchdown in the past three games, he is upbeat about the progress that is being made by the group.

Clemons said that scoring statistics don't always show the real picture of how well an offence is working.

"A lot of people like to equate offence with the number of points put up on the board, but the key is to play the kind of offence that allows you to win football games," he said.

DISCIPLINE

"And that's what we are trying to do; play a disciplined offence that allows our defence some rest and one that doesn't turn over the ball."

Clemons said he would be much more worried had the team lost six of seven games rather than where it is now, going into the crucial final four games after winning six of the past seven.

"We are excited about the things we are doing as a football team," he said. "We want to grow and we want to get better offensively and I believe full well that will happen.

"I just don't want to be impatient about that process."

Clemons said he just has to look at the Argos special teams that also have come under fire of late.

That squad made its mark early in the Calgary game with a 100-yard romp by Bashir Levingston that would have resulted in a touchdown but was called back on a penalty.

"That was a designed play that the guys came up with after looking at film following last week's loss," Clemons said. "It set the tone for our game."

He said he sees no reason that the offence can't do the same next Monday against Edmonton.


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