Dave Costa finally will have a chance to put on his Argos uniform on a game day tomorrow.
The import offensive lineman, who tore his right meniscus during training camp and then underwent arthroscopic surgery, will dress for the first time this season tomorrow night in Edmonton against the Eskimos.
"I'm starting to feel good now," Costa, who had stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers before signing with the Argos last season, said. "I'm definitely ready to go. I've been good for a couple of weeks now, but (the other offensive linemen) have been playing good. I've just tried to wait patiently and see what happens."
Costa, who had his knee scoped the day before the Argos' first pre-season game, doesn't remember exactly when or how he suffered the injury. All he knows is that his knee started "swelling up real bad" during training camp, forcing him to get it checked out.
"It was hard to sit out of practice and watch as jobs I felt I could have battled for in camp were slipping away," Costa, 26, said.
As an American, Costa will be in tough to crack the roster on a regular basis.
"It's professional athletics, so of course you've always got to play well," he said. "I'll probably be a little rusty the first couple of plays, but hopefully I'll get going. I'm just going to play like I've always played: Consistent and go out and battle."
To make room for Costa, the Argos will take import receiver Andre Rison off the roster and add Canadian receiver Jean-Frederic Tremblay.
HELLO OLD FRIENDS
A couple of prominent ex-Argos, second-year Eskimos receiver Derrell (Mookie) Mitchell and first-year Eskie offensive lineman Sandy Annunziata, will face their old team tomorrow. Argos coach Pinball Clemons always has said good things about the pair and he's not surprised Mitchell is third in the league in receiving.
"He's not just a dynamic player, he's a guy who loves to play the game and is as good a person as he is a player," Clemons said. "He's one of my best friends in the universe."
Despite objections from the CFL, the CBC, which has locked out Canadian Media Guild employees, will air the Argos-Eskimos game without any audio play-by-play tomorrow night. The stadium public address announcer will be the only voice heard on the broadcast.
"The Argos are very disappointed no better solution has been found," Argos president Keith Pelley said.
Expect the dispute to get messy if the lockout continues until the CFL's big Labour Day doubleheader on CBC. One option for fans tomorrow is to watch the game on television and tune in to the radio broadcast on 640 AM.