Williams returns to field after lost season in '94

STALLIONS NOTEBOOK

July 13, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Slotback B. K. Williams, who sat out last season after rupturing his right Achilles' tendon while warming up before Baltimore's opener in Toronto, was signed to the practice roster Tuesday and worked out at Memorial Stadium.

Williams, who played in the NFL with the New York Giants, had two operations last summer -- on his right Achilles' tendon in July and on the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in August. He said both injuries are healed, but he isn't in playing shape yet.

"I rehabbed at the Arlington [Texas] ballpark three times a week, and I was on a pretty good schedule," said Williams, who played collegiately at Texas-Arlington. "I feel 100 percent, but I'm kind of out of shape. I was on vacation last week and didn't do anything as far as running. It's just taking a little time, but with this heat, it won't take long."

Williams contacted the Stallions to see if they were interested in re-signing him. "Right now, I want to see if I can work back to where I was," he said.

Coach Don Matthews said Williams "seems to be running OK," though his time in the 40-yard -- after practice was "not what we had hoped for."

"We're going to give him a few more days and then retest him," Matthews said. Former NFL receiver Robert Clark started nine games for Baltimore last year and appeared in 14 after signing as a free agent in July.

Nine starts, 14 games and no touchdowns.

In the Stallions' 50-24 romp over San Antonio on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Clark grabbed three passes for 38 yards and two scores, the second coming from backup Shawn Jones with 25 seconds left. Last year, the most passes he caught in one game was three, which he did twice.

"I believe I'm going to be more involved in the offense this year," said Clark, who was sixth on the team in receptions last season with 16. "As an offensive group, all of us have learned a lot from last year. We know we've got a lot of weapons on offense, and we're trying to use them up."

Clark played on three NFL teams, most recently the Miami Dolphins in 1992, when he appeared in three games. The next year, with the Toronto Argonauts, he caught 50 passes for 900 yards and three touchdowns.

"I had to adjust to the pace of the [CFL] game, and the difference in the rules, as far as the bump-and-run, when you can be jammed and when you can't," he said.

"You're going to do a lot more running here."

Huerta makes amends

Few players are under more scrutiny from the fans here than kicker Carlos Huerta, who replaced popular Donald Igwebuike. Huerta is coming off a marvelous season in Las Vegas, where he was named the West Division's top rookie before being acquired by Baltimore in the dispersal draft. Igwebuike was a cult hero in Baltimore. Huerta is an outsider.

He kicked six field goals during the preseason, including five of more than 40 yards, and wanted to continue that roll in the regular-season opener at B.C.

Instead, he said he let Baltimore down by missing two of four attempts in a 37-34 loss. No wonder he was feeling better after going 5-for-5 in Saturday's win. He set a regular-season team record with a 51-yarder, and tied another by hitting five field goals.

The misses at B.C. came from 47 and 44 yards. "I'm used to making them. I'm used to being 80 percent from that range," Huerta said.

"It happened to maybe cost us the game, and I'm not proud of that. I'd like to think of myself as one of the better place-kickers in this league, and I feel I need to make those kicks, especially in a domed stadium."

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