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BREAKING NEWS: Pray for Cadillac Williams, he hurt his knee today

...UPDATE #4...

The early word is that Caddy tore his left patellar tendon. It's believed to not be as severe as the right patellar tendon he tore two years ago, but never-the-less major rehab is ahead for Carnell once again. Sigh...

...UPDATE #3...

The Buccaneers Cadillac Williams left in the fourth quarter against the Raiders today with (you guessed it) a left knee injury. For those of you who saw the game, you saw a distraught and severely injured Carnell Williams as he was helped off the field to the locker room. The worst part is this was a game in which Caddy truly looked like he was 100% and finally trusting of his knee. (Stats to appear shortly)

vs OAK / 12.28.08 Rushing Receiving
Rush Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
Carnell Williams 12 78 6.5 2 5 37 7.4 0

Caddy could be heard saying, "Are you kidding me?" on the sidelines where he was laying with pain. Pray for Caddy, because it appears he is due for another year of rehab. I'm sick to my stomach.

...UPDATE #2...

I wanted to leave the Rays World Series Congrats Post up for an entire day (as they earned it), but this news could not wait. Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams will RETURN to practice Wednesday reports Rick Stroud of the St. Pete Times. Here's Gruden on his return:

"All indications are that the Cadillac is ready to come out of the garage and take some runs." Gruden said. "I think this guy has a chance to be ready to go quickly. Boy, he could give us a lift."

FANTASTIC, Welcome back Caddy!!!! Warrick Dunn is questionable for the game Sunday against the Cowboys after sustaining a pinched nerve in his neck against the 'Hawks. I can't forsee Caddy getting regular season action, but you would have to think he is close. At any rate, the Bucs now have three weeks to determine whether to keep Caddy or put him back on the PUP list for the rest of the season... We shall see...


Cadillac Williams will not be permitted to practice this week, although his six week hiatus is up. The Bucs now have another three weeks to monitor Caddy’s progress and to determine whether to allow him to practice with the team or not. If not (after three weeks), Caddy would be put on injured reserve for the rest of the season. If they allow him to practice, they would then have another three weeks from that decision to determine whether he is able to withstand the rigors of regular season football. Here’s Gruden on the situation:

"We're going to keep looking at him," Gruden said. "He's getting better and better and better. We're going to continue to work with him privately. . . It won't be this week that he's activated." - St. Pete Times

How nice of a luxury is that for Gruden? He essentially has six weeks on top of the past six weeks to determine whether or not to utilize Caddy. A lot can happen in those six weeks. I don’t think it’s ideal by any stretch of the imagination, but how sick would Earnest Graham at FB be with Warrick Dunn and Cadillac sharing the RB duties? That’s probably 100% unlikely, but it would be interesting to watch… Bar none it appears Caddy will resume his career at some point with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and that’s about all you can ask for considering the injury he sustained.

The Bucs are (3-2) and that means they have a decision on the horizon. Remember that young promising draft pick out of Auburn they selected with the 5th overall pick in the NFL Draft a couple years ago? Cadillac Williams you say? You might remember he was put on the PUP List toward the end of the Pre-Season. With that the Bucs delayed their decision on whether to welcome him back to the field of play for another six weeks. That sixth week ends when the play clock strikes zero against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.

I know it's not what Caddy wants to hear, but if I were the Bucs I'd just sit him. #1 Earnest Graham is averaging 5.9 yards a carry, #2 Warrick Dunn is averaging 5.1 yards a carry, #3 if Michael Bennett can't even dress for games, there's no way Caddy should be allowed to. Instead Cadillac ought to shut it down, study his playbook for the umpteenth time and prepare to be the comeback player of the year next season. I'd love to watch Caddy play, but the offensive as a whole isnt built for a project at Runningback. If he were to return I think it could potentially end his career... What do you think?