Avery back in the mix

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

There could be some interesting roster moves by the Argos for the Eastern final.

Several key starters sat out the final regular-season games to heal up for Sunday's tilt against the Montreal Alouettes at the Rogers Centre.

And running back John Avery is expected to return to the lineup after missing the last three regular-season games with a hamstring.

Teams have to declare their 40-player rosters by 4 p.m. today.

The Als have to make a decision on receiver Dave Stala, who suffered a turf toe injury in the Als' 30-14 win over Saskatchewan last Sunday in the East Division final. If he is scratched, backup Sylvain Girard will get the start.

Going back in time

Chad Folk remembers it like it was yesterday instead of eight years ago.

Sunday's game will be reminiscent of a similar scenario in 1997 when Folk was a rookie backup centre with the Argos.

The Argos played the Als and won a thrilling 37-30 game.

"Going into my rookie year, I probably didn't know any better," Folk said. "I didn't think it would take eight seasons to get back to hosting the Eastern final. It's something I cherish and something I look forward to."

A kicker's tale

Argos punter/place kicker Noel Prefontaine doesn't think his Montreal counterpart, Damon Duval, will have any problems playing in his first division final.

Duval kicked three field goals in the Als' win over Saskatchewan, seemingly overcoming some inconsistency he had in the regular season.

In the pivotal game between the Als and Argos the previous time the two met in the regular season, the Argos won 49-23.

Prefontaine converted four of five field-goal tries, while Duval missed three attempts.

"He's a good kicker and I'm expecting him to come out and give his very best and play well," Prefontaine said. "I don't know if what happened last game at their place when we played them is going to have any effect mentally (on him). He may be one of those guys that doesn't think about what he's done in the past and move on or he could be one of those guys that thinks about every kick he has ever had and then it's going to affect him.

"In terms of the environment and the amount of people that are going to be there and the loudness, he has played enough in front of big crowds that I don't think it's really going to have that much of an affect on him."


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