Steinauer: 'We believe'

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

MONTREAL -- A mismatch on paper, the Argos are conducting themselves as though it's business as usual in these rather unusual and desperate times.

Their roster depleted and their starting lineup replete with players in unfamiliar positions, the Argos believe they actually have a chance against tonight's opponent, the unbeaten Montreal Alouettes.

"We don't expect to be the favourites," Argos starting free safety Orlondo Steinauer said.

"Our roster has been decimated by injuries, but those are excuses and we're not about excuses. We believe we have a chance to win, no matter who lines up out there."

Maybe the Argos do have a chance, but so much has to go their way.

For starters, they need to get production from their starting quarterback, who is likely to be Spergon Wynn.

Damon Allen came back, and in retrospect prematurely, from a broken finger last week and tossed three interceptions in a 28-8 loss to the B.C. Lions.

As a team, the Argos committed a season-high 19 penalties.

With absolutely no margin for error, the Argos need to produce a near-perfect game against the Als -- and even that may not assure the beleaguered Boatmen of a win.

"The only thing we can control is the next play," Argos starting linebacker Michael O'Shea said.

The Argos defence, which is very familiar with Als quarterback Anthony Calvillo, will get a boost with the return of defensive end Eric England.

At the same time, starting strong-side corner Jermaine Mays will be out because of an undisclosed injury, meaning Khalil Carter, who normally lines up at half back, will start.

"I know what their situation is," Als head coach Don Matthews said. "We've been battling the same injury bug."

Matthews said the Als were missing 12 starters because of injuries earlier this season.

The Argos' plight, though, is much more severe, with seemingly no rhyme nor reason for the spate of injuries.

When asked if the Argos can do anything differently in the way they practise and prepare, head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons likened their situation to a natural disaster.

"You just can't explain it," he said.


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