Plenty of fight in Argos

Argos teammates Chuck Winters (32) and Robert Baker (88) shake hands at the urging of head coach...

Argos teammates Chuck Winters (32) and Robert Baker (88) shake hands at the urging of head coach Pinball Clemons after resolving their differences following a pair of dustups during passing drills at practice yesterday. (Toronto Sun/Stan Behal)

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

In what could be a preview of tomorrow night's playoff game against Hamilton, two Argos engaged in fisticuffs during practice yesterday.

Receiver Robert Baker and defensive back Chuck Winters scrapped in two separate dustups during some passing drills. Teammates intervened after the second brouhaha.

Coach Pinball Clemons brought the two players together after practice to resolve what happened.

"If it bleeds over into the locker room it can be bad," Clemons said. "To see 'em get their tempers up a little bit, that's football. It's playoff time and you can understand that.

"They've both got a lot of respect for each other. When you say the toughest pound for pound -- the toughest guy on offence and the toughest guy on defence -- both of those guys are pretty close.

"Both of them play with a lot of emotion, so they're both very important for that reason.

"I'm not surprised (something happened)," Clemons added.

"Guys are ready to play, so everything is a little bit more personal. This is the time that it's supposed to happen. Training camp (is a time) when everybody is fighting for a job and the playoffs (are when) everybody is fighting for their lives. That's when tempers are their highest a lot of times."

BACK IN BLUE

Almost all of the 10 starters who were rested for the Argos' regular-season finale --punter/kicker Noel Prefontaine; receivers Arland Bruce, Andre Rison and R. Jay Soward; running back John Avery; offensive lineman Jonathan Landon; safety Orlondo Steinauer; defensive back Kenny Wheaton; and defensive ends Eric England and Jonathon Brown -- will be activated for the semi-final.

The sole exception will be Rison, who was battling the flu heading into the last game but whose starting spot became tenuous because of the ratio and the return of Tony Miles three games ago.

Rookie non-import receiver Jean-Frederic Tremblay, who played solidly in his debut in the last game, aggravated his troublesome hamstring problem. He will be replaced by non-import defensive lineman Gabe Robinson.

ARCHIE A GO

Hamilton slotback Archie Amerson, who missed the final two regular-season games following knee surgery, practised well enough the past three days and is expected to be reactivated.

The Tiger-Cats will also probably activate defensive linemen Adriano Belli and Johnny Scott, offensive lineman Tim Bakker and linebacker Marcus Spencer, all of whom sat out Hamilton's last game.


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