Argos in a good mood

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

TORONTO - It wasn’t quite a standing ovation but there were enough hoots and cheers and high-fiving going on afterward to make one think Cory Boyd had just won the Argonauts another football game.

In reality, all he did was haul in a Dalton Bell pass with a single hand and accelerate past a still slack-jawed defender early in Thursday’s practice.

But for the Argos players hamming it up afterwards, it was another positive sign that their stud running back was once again in form.

Playing without Boyd for the past two weeks as the team erred on the side of caution following a suspected third concussion this season, the Argos offence has been, well, in a word, abysmal.

Yes they managed a win without him against Winnipeg, but it was by no means a win the offence could take much credit for.

It’s human nature to look to a guy returning who has been so productive in the past as a cure for what ails you, and to a degree the Argos are doing that with Boyd.

Boyd though is reluctant to go that route.

“I try not to allow that to happen,” Boyd said. “We have to come together as an offence. It’s not just me stepping in there. I can be a vocal guy and go out there and play hard and be there for my teammates and lift them up with my (spirit). But other than that we have to have a certain mindset and go out as an offence and dominate. You can’t wait for one man to do something and then have it trickle down. You all, collectively as an offence, have to go out and not let anyone stop us.”

What Boyd is saying is it’s going to take more than just his own return to get this ship righted.

Boyd, coming back off a forced two-week break because of concerns about multiple concussions, said he has not felt any effects of his third suspected concussion since the day after it occurred.

Boyd, in fact, says he has suffered two concussions, not three.

“Two, the last one and the first one before camp,” he said. “The other one, you know, you get hit. You get your bell rung and you go back in and that’s what happened the second time. The last one they wanted to be cautious because on paper it looked like I had three ‹ but you have to know your own body.”

That hasn’t stopped a steady flow of e-mail from concerned fans sending in what they consider helpful tips to keep Boyd up right and active.

“I’ve had people e-mailing me and telling me how I can prevent them and what foods you can eat to help with your memory,” Boyd said.

“So I’ve been eating my blackberries and trying to see how much that works.

There’s not much you can do other than let it rest and put it in God’s hands ‹ and just make sure your body is taken care of.”


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