Wil­liams’ avail­abil­ity bol­sters the team

Good news for Stamps’ re­turn game as back’s wrist in­jury not sea­son-end­ing as feared

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The last week and a half has been a roller-coaster ride for Terry Wil­liams.

On Oct. 8, the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers re­turner/run­ning back had a solid, ex­plo­sive game against the Mon­treal Alou­ettes.

A cou­ple days later, it ap­peared like he was go­ing to be ruled out for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

Stamps fans spent the week­end as­sum­ing a wrist in­jury was go­ing to rel­e­gate Wil­liams to the six-game in­jured list, but on Wed­nes­day he was on the field.

“We got good news on his re­port on the wrist,” said Stamps head coach Dave Dick­en­son. “We’ll see whether he can make this game or not (Satur­day against the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers), but he’s avail­able.”

While Ro­mar Mor­ris filled in ad­mirably for Wil­liams in the Stamps’ loss to the B.C. Li­ons last week­end, in­juries to Marken Michel and Troy Stou­d­er­mire meant the Cal­gar­i­ans were run­ning aw­fully short on op­tions in the re­turn game.

They got a re­minder of that at Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice, when both Mor­ris and prac­tice ros­ter run­ning back Ka’Deem Carey took a while get­ting up after a col­li­sion knocked them both to the turf.

And while there have been a few ups and downs this sea­son with Wil­liams re­turn­ing kicks, he’s third in the CFL in punt re­turn yards, with 638, and has three punt re­turn touch­downs, as well.

His per­for­mance against the Als was the best he’s had in a while, too, es­pe­cially as he added a high­light-reel fourth-quar­ter touch­down on of­fence, as well.

That’s part of what made the tim­ing in of the in­jury so frus­trat­ing.

“Even be­fore that game, I was strug­gling catch­ing punts,” Wil­liams said. “It was up-and-down, and then I had a good game and I was out.”

Wil­liams has been deal­ing with a wrist in­jury since the start of the sea­son, and that par­tially ex­plains some of the dif­fi­cul­ties he’s had catch­ing punts cleanly. He was go­ing in for rou­tine treat­ment when the med­i­cal staff told him they wanted to do an x-ray on his wrist last week.

That re­vealed some con­cerns and prompted Wil­liams to get an MRI. The coach­ing staff seemed con­vinced last week that they’d be with­out Wil­liams long term, so it was a pleas­ant sur­prise that he was back out on the prac­tice field this week.

“(The doc­tors) told me I’ll have to get it cleaned up at the end of the sea­son,” Wil­liams said.

While it’s ob­vi­ously good news for the Stamps that they’ll have Wil­liams avail­able and it should be ex­pected that they’ll use him both on of­fence and on spe­cial teams, he’ll likely be play­ing through pain for the rest of the year.

That doesn’t seem to bother him. Not even a lit­tle bit.

“I could have played last week but (Dick­en­son) wants me to rest and not over-do it so much,” Wil­liams said. “I could have played last week, I want to play this week.

“My arm has to be cut off for me not to play, so like I said, I’m happy to be back and ready to go.”

GRA­HAM HUGHES/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS/FILES

Stam­ped­ers run­ning back Terry Wil­liams has been ruled avail­able for Satur­day’s game against the Rid­ers after tests showed a wrist in­jury wasn’t as se­ri­ous as thought.

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