Bruce's status in doubt

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

The Argos might have to play for first place in the CFL East without one of their top multi-purpose threats.

Wide receiver/kick returner Arland Bruce III, who suffered an adductor injury July 15 in B.C., did not practise yesterday and his status is up in the air for a game Thursday in Montreal against the Alouettes (2-2).

If Bruce can't go, the Argos (2-2) will be missing a guy who played a huge role in their 26-18 win over the host Alouettes in the East final last year.

Bruce caught a game-high 12 passes for 101 yards and returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in that game. Bruce hurt himself in the first half of the game against the Lions, but played through pain in the second half. He participated in some drills during practice Sunday.

Meanwhile, another receiver who has been dealing with health problems -- Andre Rison -- wants to receive the green light from the Argos.

The one-time NFL all-pro wide receiver, who suffered bruised ribs in the final pre-season game June 17 and has not dressed for the first four games this season, is craving a return to action sooner rather than later.

"It probably was the worst injury I had in my career, but I'm ready now," Rison, 38, said. "I had to get healthy first. Everybody on the team knew I was hurt. I'm looking forward to playing and helping this team repeat.

"This is the first week since my injury that I'm ready to play. It's frustrating because I know I'm in great shape. I'm about to show the world this guy is one of the best ever to play the game, if not the best to play the game."

With the Argos having a hectic schedule this week -- they also play Monday against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at the Rogers Centre -- Rison might have a chance to make his season debut soon.

"I think he's just now getting to the point where he is comfortable," Clemons said. "It's one of those situations where he could play in any game, especially in the second half of a doubleheader like this. That's a possibility as health goes."

Rison, who reported to training camp in much better shape this year, played six games with the Argos after signing last August and then took on a coaching role.

"(Having) his level of patience and co-operation, given his resume, is more than commendable," Clemons said. "It's exemplary."


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