Will time heal all?

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Apologies were made and olive branches extended, but the football hatchet has yet to be buried between Noel Prefontaine and teammate Robert Baker.

According to the veteran punter, Prefontaine isn't sure when, if ever, he'll embrace Baker with open arms.

"It hasn't been buried yet and I'm not sure when it's going to be buried," Prefontaine said yesterday on a day Baker was suspended one game by the Argos following an ugly incident on Friday that saw Baker punch Prefontaine on the sideline.

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"I can't put a timeline on it," Prefontaine said. "I do know I don't want to cause any distractions on this team."

Prefontaine admitted the obvious when he stated a difference in personality exists between he and Baker, a second-year import receiver whose only reception on Friday was a touchdown in the team's 22-16 win over the host Calgary Stampeders.

"You have to respect the way he is and, vice versa, you have to respect the way I am," Prefontaine said. "What's important is that we avoid causing any embarrassment, whether it's myself or Baker again or another two guys."

Prefontaine isn't your average punter/placekicker. Unlike his peers, Prefontaine will initiate contact on punt/kickoff returns and when the team's coverage units break down, Prefontaine will make tackles.

Baker became enraged during the second quarter when Calgary defensive end Rahim Abdullah allegedly spat on Baker just as a play ended near the Argos bench. No penalty was assessed.

Baker was taken out of the game and the first person to confront him on the sideline was Prefontaine. Words were exchanged and Baker threw a punch that staggered Prefontaine and left him with a cut on the inside of his lip.

Prefontaine saw the incident replayed on television during the weekend.

"I was pretty upset for a couple of days," he said.

Baker says he holds no grudges with any teammate, let alone Prefontaine.

"We're teammates but it's not like we spend real personal time together," Baker said of his relationship with Prefontaine. "You can't know every person. I have nothing against anyone on the team. I'm a football player and I'm a good person. It's a situation that played out and it wasn't good at all."


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