New Orleans Saints rookie running back Ricky Williams' twice-sprained left ankle is well enough for him to start Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers, coach Mike Ditka said Friday.
Ditka also made it clear he is tired of constant media speculation on whether his one and only 1999 draft pick should or would play.
"He's fine. He'll play. We're going to start him," Ditka said. "He's going to play. This will end all the speculation. He wants to play. I'm going to play him. I'm tired of listening to 150 people."
Elsewhere in the NFL:
Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair's back problems persisted Friday and the team listed him as questionable for Sunday's game against Cleveland. McNair left practice early to undergo tests.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jon Kitna might not play Sunday against the Chicago Bears because of an injured big toe on his right foot. Kitna, listed as questionable, didn't practice Friday, contrary to head coach Mike Holmgren's expectations the day before.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy was fined $10,000 by the NFL on Friday for criticizing the officiating in last week's game against the New York Giants, even though the league admitted that officials, even after reviewing replays, blew three calls that, if corrected, could have altered the outcome of the game, which New York won, 17-13.