O'Shea OK to play

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

Nobody can stop Mike O'Shea from playing tomorrow.

Not a trainer, not a doctor and not Argos coach Pinball Clemons.

While Clemons would prefer to have the veteran Canadian linebacker resting his injured shoulder for the second game in a row, O'Shea insists he's ready to go and is expected to play against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats tomorrow at the Rogers Centre.

"I've worn (Clemons) down," a candid O'Shea, 34, said in his first interview since missing a 33-30 loss against the Ticats on Labour Day, ending his streak of 161 consecutive games played.

"If I call myself ready to play, I'm 100% ready to play. It's for trainers and doctors to figure out what percentage things are at. If I say I'm ready to go, I'm ready to go. I was ready to go last week."

O'Shea was out of the lineup Monday for the first time since 1996. He pleaded his case to play at Ivor Wynne Stadium, but Clemons decided rest was best for one game.

"Michael wanted to play last week and he is badgering us constantly about playing," Clemons said. "We wanted to give him a chance to rest both of these weeks and come back healthier, but I've got a good feeling he's going to win this battle."

O'Shea doesn't see any reason to sit out again.

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"I feel great," O'Shea said. "Obviously, any rest does some good physically. I don't know if it does any good mentally. I'm not one to talk about injuries and things like that. As I've said several times before, this is the time of the season where everybody's nicked up. It's nothing special here."

O'Shea certainly did not enjoy missing his first Labour Day game since joining the CFL in 1993.

"(It) is not (an experience) I want to repeat," he said. "It's tough. There's part of you that is just chomping at the bit to get in. At some points during the game, you just realize you're not into it.

"You can't believe it's game day and you've never experienced that feeling where you're not totally into the situation. It's just impossible to get that way when you're standing there on the sidelines. You're not mixed up, you're not sweating, you're not getting hit, you're not hitting, you're not doing anything like that. You're just not involved. It's a terrible feeling."

Fortunately for O'Shea, he won't have that feeling tomorrow.


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