Maybe we won't see Caddy after all?
UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: So, now we're thinking maybe Jon Gruden isn't kidding.
There's a chance that perhaps we won't see Cadillac Williams Sunday at Detroit. That opinion is based on comments from both Gruden and Williams after today's practice, which just concluded.
Gruden indicated that the backup running backs on the roster Sunday will have to be someone who can contribute on special teams. That person is more likely to be newly-signed Noah Herron than Williams, who has never played special teams here.
"I don't know that he'll play a major role in this game yet or not, or even if he'll be active," Gruden said of Williams.
Gruden called Herron "a guy we know can help us on special teams."
Additionally, I asked Williams whether his role in practice has changed much from the past couple of weeks, when he was limited to mostly scout-team duties.
"It's slowly changing, but I didn't really get too many (reps)," he said. "Who knows?"
Right now, things are pointing to a limited role for Williams, if he has any at all, even though the Bucs' backfield is certainly a little thin.
1:43 p.m.: Coach Jon Gruden spoke to the Detroit media today as it is customary for an opponent's coach to conduct a conference call with the other city's media.
He was asked during that call about the chance of RB Cadillac Williams playing this week given Earnest Graham's move to injured reserve.
Gruden's answer wasn't all that clear.
"I don't know that he's going to be active for this game," Gruden said. "There is a chance he could be. We're taking it day by day. I'll tell you guys: If you could see the injury he had and where he is now, it's something that is really a good story. We're doing everything we can to get him back in football condition."
Who knows what the truth is? The view from here is that Gruden is being coy for competitive reasons, not wanting to give up any strategic plans. If Williams isn't going to play under these current circumstances, then why did the Bucs even bother placing him on the active roster? My guess is he plays, unless Gruden is being completely honest here.
This seems like the perfect chance to get Cadillac that first carry, which would seem to be the next major hurdle he has to clear -- both physically and mentally.