Miles out to make mark

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

The Argos took some time yesterday to prepare for an expected explosion of noise at Olympic Stadium.

High-strung receiver Tony Miles, meanwhile, is eager to make some noise of his own.

Miles, who missed the past two games with an injury to his left foot, says he's ready to have a major impact in the CFL East Division final in Montreal tomorrow.

"I'm going to go out there and I'm going to contribute in this game in a major way," Miles said yesterday.

WEEK OF REST

"Everything turned out for the best. I got another week of rest and we won the game."

With 671 yards from scrimmage, Miles trails only gamebreaking receiver Arland Bruce ( 1,371 ) on the Argos' much-maligned offence.

But there have been few games this season that quarterback Damon Allen, running backs John Avery and Ricky Williams and to preceivers Bruce and Miles have all been healthy and in the lineup together.

After two weeks watching Miles deal with the dual pain of the injury and sitting out, Argos coach Michael ( Pinball) Clemons is ready to set him free.

"It will be a big boost for us, not only in the passing game but every part of the game," Clemons said. "When (Miles) is in, you've got to respect the running game more.

"He makes our offence better. He ma kes our defence better. He makes the whole team better."

Though Miles has scored just two touchdowns this season, he provides a valuable decoy should the Alouettes defence place too much attention on defending Bruce.

"He's a guy that you can get out there on a one-on-one matchup and create some real problems," Clemons said.

The Argos moved to their Oakville indoor facility yesterday to help simulate the environment at Olympic Stadium. Crowd noise was piped into the bubble so the offence could work on its silent counts.

"I've played (at the Big O) in '97 when there were 2,000 people in t here and it was awfully quiet," Argos centre Chad Folk said. "But when there's 50,000 or 6 0,000 in there it can get loud.

"The best way to combat that is to score early and to score often."


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