With a ways to go, Caddy continues comeback

Published: October 31st, 2008
By Bucs Beat

RB Cadillac Williams continues to practice with his teammates now that he is into his second week of a three-week evaluation period that will determine whether he is activated from the physically unable to perform list.

There's been a lot of interest in his attempt at a 2008 comeback, so we thought we'd update you.

While the Bucs intended to throw Williams into a little contact this week, the rash of injuries throughout the roster reduced the past couple of practices to touch football. On Wednesday, the team didn't even bother wearing helmets.

Williams instead was featured on the scout team, where he was simulating Kansas City's running backs. He's running well, but you can argue he's favoring his injured knee. Whether that's physical or mental, who knows? Sometimes the mental obstacles are as difficult to overcome as the physical ones when it comes to putting an injured joint to the test.

Whether Williams is deemed to be ready to return or not, it's still no slam dunk that he does. The roster becomes more compact each time there is an injury. SS Jermaine Phillips' broken arm, for example, will tax the Bucs some more because the plan is to keep him off injured reserve. That means he'll take up one of those precious 53 spots. Ditto for FB B.J. Askew who has missed five weeks with a hamstring tear and looks as if he'll miss Sunday's game at Kansas City. If Williams is activated, someone has to be released. Already, the Bucs have had to make one tough call by releasing OT Anthony Davis when Clifton Smith was added to the active roster last week.

Anyhow, Williams will get a longer look next week during the bye and might finally see some contact after all.

"It's exciting to see him out there, and not only see him but (see) the progress," coach Jon Gruden said. "He really looked good (Thursday). Next week, during the bye week, we'll put the pads on and we'll try to make it a little more tough."