Tough Ivory given a chance to rest

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

It takes an awful lot to sideline Clifford Ivory. Ivory, an Argos defensive back who regularly plays through injuries, will miss Toronto's game in Winnipeg tomorrow because of two separate injuries, one to his upper body, the other to the lower part.

And the reality is Ivory actually is in better health now than heading into the Labour Day game.

"We keep having him play through things and we're going through one of those crazy periods now where we haven't played (since the Labour Day game Sept. 6), but then we have three (games) in 11 days," Argos coach Pinball Clemons said yesterday.

"We just want to be smart. This game is extremely important but, in dealing with nagging injuries, when you get into these (busy) spells it can cause something more significant.

"We want to give him a chance to refresh himself and come back new and then be able to finish the season strong."

Ivory said he probably could play against the Blue Bombers tomorrow.

"You know me, I'll play through anything, but I am a little bit hurt," Ivory said. "But I'll be back. It's a great decision (to sit out)."

Backup defensive back Chuck Winters takes Ivory's spot.

Defensive end Marvin Thomas, who has been in and out of the lineup, will be activated to take Ivory's import spot on the roster. Thomas will provide Jonathon Brown and Eric England with a chance to stay fresh.

Backup defensive lineman Gabe Robinson will come off the roster, replaced by rookie defensive back Kris Aiken, who is being promoted from the practice roster to provide depth.

FLETCHER ON DEFENSIVE

Linebacker Mike Fletcher had an interesting reply when asked if the defence has started to show signs of weakness after giving up touchdowns in bunches the past two games.

"We're kind of worn out a little bit defensively," he said. "I think we have had a lot of time to rest since our last game. If you look at Montreal, which is considered the other best defence in the league, we've played almost three games more than them just by total plays.

"Opposing teams the last couple games have done a real good job switching up their game plan to play us. It wasn't our schemes that failed us.

"The last two games we haven't been as efficient on first down and that's when we usually control the game and are able to do what we want to do on second down."


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