Bruce sacked by flu bug

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

The flu bug has taken a bite out of the Argos.

Just in case it didn't spread throughout the team, the Argos asked a flu-ridden Arland Bruce to stay home yesterday as Toronto prepared for Friday's playoff showdown against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"We just need to contain that flu bug," Argos coach Pinball Clemons said.

Andre Rison was the team's first flu casualty last week and continues to be under the weather.

Clemons doesn't know whether the veteran receiver will dress this week. Rison made his debut in Double Blue against Hamilton during the annual Labour Day game.

COUNTING ON SOWARD

Clemons hopes to have Bruce in uniform and is counting on fellow receiver R. Jay Soward (leg) to be available.

While the flu bug has caused some concern in Argoland, Clemons has been afflicted by the playoff bug.

He has no sporting peer when it comes to availability and lending his support to any endeavour, but Clemons admits he relishes the post-season and eliminates distractions.

"This week is so special," Clemons said. "There's a lot more intensity. Some guys (coaches) might say and they may even mean that every week is special but I can't say that.

"There are some weeks when things may take away from the game. You may be home a little longer in the morning or take a morning at home (for game preparations) but that doesn't happen this time of year. There's a heightened focus, a heightened intensity, a heightened level of preparation.

"If I was like this all year long, I'd be burnt out and be a bad husband and dad. Maybe worse."


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