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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

A quick Cadillac update

With all of Jeff Garcia's drama today, I failed to mention that we ran into Cadillac Williams who is still working toward returning to the lineup after last season's devastating patellar tendon tear.

Williams isn't backing off his stated goal of participating in training camp in some capacity, even though he remains a long way from gaining medical clearance to take the field.

"It's a matter of when I'm going to be back," he said. "I know I'm going to be playing on this field again. I know I'm going to be productive."

Now that he's further into his rehab, Williams can get a better sense for the pace of his recovery.

"It's a long progress, but I've come a long way," he said. "Earlier on, there were bumps in the road. But now, things are starting to smooth out. I'm starting to do things on the field, a little cutting here and there. I'm just taking it day by day, just continuing to work and seeing how the process goes. We're going to make a decision in July and take it from there."

That decision will be key. It's too early to know what Williams' status will be at that point, but the Bucs will have to decide prior to training camp whether to place Williams on the Physically Unable to Perform List. This is the most likely outcome because it will provide the team the flexibility to move Williams back to the active roster at some point if he shows improvement. If a player starts training camp on the PUP List, he can be activated at any time during camp. If he remains there after the start of the regular season, he must stay on PUP for at least the first six games and can be activated as late as Week 10.

Though it sounds ambitious, Williams offered this final bit before heading off the finish his rehab: "Me, personally, once training camp starts, I (think) I will be on the field and be able to do some things. I do. I feel like by July, I should be ready to play ball."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:02pm]


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