Hill thrilled to share backfield with Avery

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

He is content to carry the ball for now, but don't be surprised if Hakim Hill looks for a little more action soon.

The Argos' dynamic rookie running back is returning to the lineup tonight after a one-game absence. And the best news for Hill is that he will spend some time in a split backfield with Argos veteran John Avery.

"Me and J.A. in the backfield at the same time -- that's pretty special in my book," said Hill, who rushed for 39 yards in the Argos' season opener but sat out in Week 2 because of a knee injury.

"I watched (Avery) as a kid. To be in the game at the same time, hopefully we'll give the defence some fits."

Argos coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons was non-committal when asked whether the two backs would see much time on the field together. Hill was a little more forthcoming.

"It's nice," Hill said of the split backfield. "We've got a bunch of different plays we're running out of it."

Eventually, Hill said he expects to get his hands on the ball as part of the Argos' passing game.

"I'm not sure if you're going to see it (tonight) but you're probably going to see it pretty soon," Hill said. "It's only my third week up here and learning one position is hard enough. But they're working with me, just being patient with me."

While Hill has recovered from a mild injury, the visiting Roughriders aren't so fortunate regarding two of their feature offensive players.

Running back Kenton Keith (bruised sternum) and receiver Matt Dominguez (torn ACL) did not make the trip. Dominguez, the Roughriders' leading receiver, is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

"One of the things we learned over the years is that when the opportunity presents itself, you have to have some quality depth on your ballclub," Saskatchewan coach Danny Barrett said.

"This team has shown it has some depth."


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