Williams confident he will play

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

Ricky Williams plans on putting his best foot forward, even if it results in a little discomfort.

The Argos' marquee -- and by extension the most scrutinized -- player is expected to practise today when the team takes to the field for the first time since Saturday's 23-16 home win over the Calgary Stampeders.

It was during the Argos' win that Williams aggravated a tendon injury to his left Achilles, a setback he first suffered when he accidentally bumped into the team's locker room door two months ago.

At the time, Williams, who likes to walk around bare foot, was recovering from a broken arm.

Against the Stamps, Williams scored his first home touchdown, and second of the season, on a nine-yard run that gave the Argos a 23-9 lead 2:46 seconds into the fourth quarter. He had one more carry then left for precautionary reasons.

The TD run highlighted both Williams' strength and athleticism as he took on three would-be tacklers. The play is also believed to be the moment when he aggravated his tendon.

Tests were taken and no tear nor any damage was revealed.

Williams is confident he will play this Thanksgiving Day Monday when the Argos play host to the Edmonton Eskimos, a game in which the Argos can guarantee themselves a playoff berth with a win.

The game also represents the first half of a home-and-home set with Edmonton.

The Argos will monitor Williams' progress this week.

Before his injury on Saturday, Williams rushed six times for 34 yards. When he returned on Sept. 23 for an away game against the Stamps, Williams saw his first game action following a seven-week absence to mend his broken forearm.

The Argos' backfield has been a revolving door all season with Williams, John Avery and Jeff Johnson each unavailable because of various ailments.

In a perfect world, the Argos would like to use both Williams and Avery, who bring different attributes to the offensive table. Williams is more of a down-hill runner, while Avery is lethal in space and more of a receiving threat.

At 8-6, the Argos are tied for first in the East with Montreal.

The two teams meet for the third and final time in the season finale, Oct. 28 at Rogers Centre.


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