Argos cautious with Levingston

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Bashir Levingston will be spending more time watching instead of playing. The return specialist, who has been sidelined for three games with a hamstring tear, hoped to play for the Argos on Saturday in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers, possibly wearing a brace. But the Argos don't want to jeopardize his health and will continue to use Arland Bruce, a former Blue Bomber, in his place.

Bruce did an exceptional job on punt and kick returns, in addition to showing his athleticism and smarts as a receiver, in his Argos debut on Labour Day, after only three days with the team.

"We don't want to have Arland Bruce be our return guy," coach Pinball Clemons said yesterday. "We want to be able to use him every down on offence. That is our goal.

"He is a luxury for us in the return game, so we will make use of him this week, but that's not what we want to have him do, nor with (receiver) Tony Miles when we had him returning in Bashir's absence."

Miles will miss his second consecutive game with a sprained ankle.

OFFENSIVE LINE WOES

Right tackle John Feugill injured a thumb on Labour Day against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and will be sidelined for the Winnipeg game.

Dave Costa, who has done a good job as a rookie with the Argos filling in for his injured teammates, will take Feugill's spot. Costa played right guard in the past game, replacing Sandy Annunziata. Annunziata moves back to his spot.

MIHELIC TO SUIT UP

Offensive lineman Mike Mihelic, who has been sidelined since suffering a leg injury in the second game of the season and then injuring a foot during his rehab, will be activated for the Winnipeg game, taking the roster spot of receiver Andrew Noel, who has been bumped to the practice roster. Mihelic started the season as the right guard.

NEW BACK IN LINEUP

Running back Brian (Skip) Hicks, who joined the team on Tuesday, will be activated for the Winnipeg game, taking Feugill's spot on the roster.

Hicks will be one of the two designated imports, which means he can replace only an American if he comes into the game.


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