The latest news on Ricky Williams
So, barring a quick recovery, Chatman will likely be limited through the week of practice.
That means today Patrick Cobbs took much of the work as the starting running back and Ricky Williams primarily took second-team snaps. Lorenzo Booker is taking the third-team snaps and Samkon Gado is running scout team.
Anyway, if Chatman cannot play or if the chances of him aggravating the ankle injury are high, Williams will be activated off the exemption list and will be the backup against Pittsburgh. If Chatman recovers by Monday -- and remember he has six days -- then Williams likely won't be activated.
If there were no injury at all, it would be unlikely coach Cam Cameron would activate Ricky because he doesn't want to risk having the RB pull a hamstring or strain a groin after having so little football activity the past 18 months.
But Chatman's injury has thrown a wrench in those plans. That is the reason Cameron was eyeing the running backs with particular, almost unusual, attention today. He stood right there as they caught passes and took handoffs early in practice.
One quick anecdote: Ricky caught a couple of passes cleanly and looked to have his usual burst. But then he dropped a pass right in front of Cameron. Well, instead of dropping his head and moping back to the line for his next scheduled repetition later, he rushed back and got in line ahead of the next guy to take the next repetition.
And he caught the next pass cleanly. That, no matter what you think of Williams off the field, is the type of guy a team loves on the field.
I have been told by sources who watched the entire practice that Williams looked GREAT. I am told he was easily the best RB on the field.
"I haven't played football in a year and then to get on the field and feel it all come back so quickly was a little surprising," Williams said afterward.
Cameron, meanwhile, admitted that Williams had zero problem picking up the Dolphins offensive system because he played in a similar system for Norv Turner. Glad Camaron is realizing Williams is very bright.
Get the feeling he'll soon realize he's very good, too.