Ricky needs stitches after stubbing toe in locker room

Updated: August 4, 2006, 3:34 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

It used to be that only trouble seemed to follow Ricky Williams around. Lately, however, it's injuries that are dogging the erstwhile Miami Dolphins tailback, who is playing this season in the CFL.

Already recovering from a fractured left forearm, Williams earlier this week suffered a toe injury to his left foot that required stitches. Williams sustained the injury as he was walking barefoot through the Toronto Argonauts' locker room and stubbed his toe.

The toe is lacerated but tests confirmed there is no fracture. Ironically, Williams limped through the locker room on crutches earlier in the week, with his ankle wrapped, in what was supposed to have been a joke on the local media. Since his broken arm still figures to keep him off the field for another month, the toe injury really has no affect on extending Williams' rehabilitation.

The injury to Williams' toe should be fine before his arm is healed and he is cleared to play.

A Dolphins official said the team is aware of the toe injury. Miami trainers and medical officials continue to monitor Williams' status but, as coach Nick Saban indicated last month, there is no treatment involved with the broken arm. The injury requires only rest and so it isn't as if the Miami medical staff really had to be consulted for their treatment preferences.

Saban expects that Williams, suspended by the NFL for the entire 2006 season after a repeat violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, will return to the Dolphins in 2007. And the Dolphins coach made it clear that, if Williams conforms with the NFL treatment and testing program, and is reinstated, he will be welcomed back next season.

Before suffering the arm injury, Williams had carried 57 times for 231 yards and one touchdown. As of Friday, he still ranked sixth among CFL rushers. Despite a disappointing 2-5 record, Toronto officials said they will not try to rush Williams back into action and emphasized that they are sensitive to the Dolphins' concerns in that regard.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here Insider.

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