Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Caddy Coming Out of the Garage?

By JC De La Torre

As the Tampa Bay running game has cascaded on to the rocks, with injuries, turnovers, and just poor play in general, it may get a high powered boost on Thursday. Carnell "Cadillac" Williams will either be placed on IR for the season or activated, causing the Buccaneers to release a player (likely little used Michael Bennett).

"It's a green light, but it doesn't mean it's a green light that he's a featured back," Bucs Head coach Jon Gruden told the Tampa Tribune of Williams, "It's almost like Christmas is here. Christmas is Wednesday, I hope. We'll see how he feels, but if my eyes don't deceive me, I think he's got a chance to be a player for us this year."

There were significant doubts that Williams would ever play again following the horrific Theisman-esque injury suffered early in 2007 when Williams went one way but his knee went another, ripping his patella tendon - and injury that essentially ended the career of Kijana Carter. His road back has been a tough one, filled will hours and hours of excruciating rehab. Throughout the off-season, Williams held a goal to be ready when the season started and worked like a maniac to achieve it. Unfortunately, his dream was dashed when Tampa Bay placed him on the Physically Unable to Perform List coming out of training camp. Still, Williams continued to work, getting closer and closer.

If he is activated today or tomorrow, Williams brings the big play potential back to the Buccaneer running attack. Williams popped off runs of 70 or more yds several times in amassing 2,184 yds and 10 touchdowns in two and a quarter seasons of football.

JC De La Torre is an author of Science Fiction/Fantasy and other realms of Speculative Fiction - check out his latest works at JC Delatorre.com

No comments: