Surgery to keep Williams out of CFL for month or more

Updated: July 24, 2006, 9:43 PM ET
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TORONTO -- Ricky Williams had successful surgery on his broken left forearm, but there is no timetable for his return to the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.

"We're very confident that Ricky will be back, it's just a matter of when," said Argos president Keith Pelley. "I've not spoken to anyone with the Dolphins, but their medical people have talked to our medical people about Ricky's injury."

"We're very supportive of Ricky [Williams] and the season that he is having in Canada," Dolphins coach Nick Saban said in a statement Monday. "Hopefully, he will have a speedy recovery, and we feel certain this setback will not affect his future as a football player."

The Globe and Mail reported Sunday that he is expected to miss at least four weeks.

Williams was hurt during the first half of a 26-23 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday.

The injury happened when Williams reached out with his left hand to break his fall on the turf at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. He later returned to the sideline with his arm in a sling.

Williams is playing in the CFL after he was suspended by the NFL for one year after violating the league's substance abuse policy for a fourth time. He is still under contract with the NFL's Miami Dolphins.

The Globe and Mail reported the Dolphins called Toronto to learn more details of the injury.

"They just wanted to find out what happened and the two trainers -- Toronto's and Miami's -- talked," Argos president Keith Pelley told the newspaper.

Under the deal between Toronto and Miami, the Argos are under no obligation to get the Dolphins' approval before sending Williams back on the field.

Through his first four games, Williams had been slow to adjust to three-down football. He entered Saturday's game with 53 carries for 214 yards and had four carries for 17 yards before the injury.

"He was actually holding himself off the ground," Argonauts coach Mike "Pinball" Clemons said of Williams. "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."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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