Williams makes his point loud and clear

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

Ricky Williams says that just donning his pads on game day is all the motivation he needs to play football.

The mere suggestion that he might want to crank it up for the playoffs didn't sit well with the Argos running back and he made the point at high volume yesterday.

Williams took exception to some badgering by a television reporter following practice at the U of T's Erindale campus.

It began when Williams dismissed the idea that he will have a different approach to the East Division semi-final against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday.

When it was pointed out that it will be his first playoff appearance since he was a New Orleans Saint, Williams clearly was irked.

"Who cares what happened seven years ago?" the NFL star said, his voice rising.

It's all in the name of a story, the reporter replied.

"Well that's a horrible story," countered the man whose next loss will be his last as an Argo. "What does it matter that I was hurt seven years ago? Me today has nothing to do with me breaking my ankle seven years ago."

Williams' point was that if he changes the way he plays in the post-season, it diminishes what he does during the regular season.

"I try to play my best week in and week out," Williams said. "If I have to turn it up now, it's too late."

MISSING MILES

Argos receiver Tony Miles was absent from practice for the second consecutive day leading to speculation that he will not play Sunday.

Argos coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons said the team's second-leading receiver was seeking a medical opinion to see if he can get game ready.

There's no doubt if Miles' foot injury keeps him from the lineup, it will be a blow to the Argos' attack.

"He's an all-star and he's a gamebreaker," the team's leading receiver, Arland Bruce, said.

"As a receiving corps, we have to step up our game as one and we will."


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