Williams out indefinitely with broken arm

Ricky Williams

Ricky Williams

7/22/2006 11:25:17 PM

REGINA (CP) - Toronto Argonauts running back Ricky Williams suffered a broken left arm Saturday in his team's 26-23 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Argonauts head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons confirmed the extent of the injury but did not specify which bone was broken, nor did he venture any estimate of how long Williams would be out of action.

''He has a broken arm, so he's going to be out for a little while,'' Clemons said following the contest, which left both teams with 2-3 records.

Williams, who was not available for interviews, left the game midway through the second quarter after a three-yard gain when he was tackled by linebacker Mike McCullough and several of his Saskatchewan teammates. X-rays taken at a Regina hospital revealed a broken bone.

''He was actually holding himself off the ground,'' Clemons said of Williams' actions on the play. ''He was running with the ball and he was trying to hold himself up, I think. It was a pile of people and we saw him coming down.


''We knew he was hurt when he came off the field. It looked like it was his shoulder (from) the way he was leaning, but it turned out be his arm.

''You're talking about some fortitude. It's a clean break. He just came off quiet, didn't say a thing. Like, I'd have been screaming.''

Williams carried four times for 17 yards, including one run of 16 yards. Through five games he has gained 231 yards on 57 attempts for a 4.1-yard average with one touchdown. He ranks sixth in the CFL in rushing yards.

Any games Williams misses will be the first he sits out due to injury since a broken left ankle forced him to miss the last six games of the 2000 NFL season, while with the New Orleans Saints.

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