In a perfect world, Argos coach Pinball Clemons would keep Arland Bruce III out of the lineup for one more game.
But with Bruce medically cleared to play after suffering an adductor injury July 15 and the team's leading receiver craving a return to action, Clemons made a last-minute roster switch and took the multi-purpose threat off the injured list.
Bruce will start today when the Argos face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at the Rogers Centre.
SAYS HE IS READY
"He has assured us he is ready and if there are any challenges, he will be honest with us and make that known for us regardless of how early or late that might be," Clemons said of Bruce, who missed the Argos' 36-24 win over the Montreal Alouettes Thursday.
"We do want to make sure he doesn't try to play through anything like that (Bruce was injured in the first half against the B.C. Lions July 15 and continued playing in the second half). If he is hurt, he will bring himself out of the game. It sort of goes against the grain of what I usually choose to do in these circumstances. His will to play this game is bigger than my will to keep him from playing."
Bruce sees no reason why he shouldn't play against his old team.
"I feel good right now," he said. "I don't think it will be any different (today). I'll probably feel even better (today)."
To make room for Bruce, the Argos have taken receiver Jean-Frederic Tremblay off the roster.
WELCOME BACK JOHN
Bombers right tackle John Feugill, a starter for the Grey Cup champion Argos last season before losing his job to Jerome Davis in training camp, isn't bitter at anybody in the Toronto organization and is looking forward to returning to the Rogers Centre.
"Lining up against those guys, seeing (defensive linemen) Eric (England) and JB (Jonathan Brown in a different colour uniform, is going to be a different experience," Feugill said. "Surreal, almost, I think ... I loved being a part of the Toronto organization and I miss everybody, so it's going to be good to see everybody."
NO HANGOVERS PLEASE
Leave it to Argos running back John Avery to sum up the team's short week best.
"I'm just hoping everybody took care of themselves because it was Caribana this weekend," he said, "and some guys aren't married on this team so they probably went out and had a good time."