Avery a lucky Argo

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

Argos running back John Avery is feeling lucky that his latest injury isn't worse than originally feared.

Avery had an ultrasound yesterday on his left hamstring, which he injured in the second quarter of the Argos' 35-32 win over Winnipeg on Sunday at Canad Inns Stadium. While the team initially feared the damage would sideline Avery for the rest of the season, the ultrasound showed only a minor tear. He was told by the team doctor he'd be sidelined eight to 10 days, but might be able to start running as early as this Friday.

He definitely will miss Saturday's game in Montreal, which may decide first place in the East Division, even though both teams have two games remaining after meeting one another. The Argos and Als are tied for first in the East with 9-6 records and have split the two games they've played so far this season.

"I don't want to give Montreal any leeway, at the same time I have all the confidence in my teammates," Avery said. "I want to add something to the party and I hope to put on my party hat pretty soon."

Avery scored the Argos' first TD against Winnipeg on a 25-yard catch-and-run play in the second quarter, but suffered the injury late in the quarter when cutting back one-on-one in the open field after catching a pass.

"I was trying to be a hero and I got some kryptonite," he said.

Avery's two seasons in Toronto have been impacted by the major knee injury he suffered in 2003 with Minnesota of the NFL. He has showed in recent weeks the agility and moves he displayed in 2002 when he led the CFL in rushing.

Sean (The Diesel) Millington, who has been used a lead blocker since joining the team seven games ago and occasionally has been the only running back in some sets, filled in solidly for Avery. He was particularly effective catching the ball, hauling in three passes for 54 yards, including a 23-yarder on the series that set up the winning field goal.


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