Bruce: Als bunch of 'prima donnas'

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

The Argos would like nothing better than to turn that swaggering Alouettes defence into Montreal smoked meat Saturday.

Unable to cross midfield during a humiliating 31-7 defeat to the Als just two weeks ago, members of the sluggish Argos offence vow history will not repeat itself.

In the process, Toronto receiver Arland Bruce III ignited yet another war of words between these two rivals yesterday.

Asked if he and his teammates were verbally mocked on the field by the Als during that pathetic performance in Montreal, Bruce pulled no punches.

"Probably. That's Montreal. They always walk around like prima donnas," Bruce said.

He paused for a couple of seconds: "At least that's what I'm told."

Bruce, the Argos' leading receiver, was held to just three catches for 33 yards in the one-sided loss, part of the poor 94-yard passing performance turned in by quarterback Spergon Wynn.

This time around it will be veteran Damon Allen who lines up under centre.

Allen went 21 of 33 for 319 yards and a touchdown during a 20-2 victory in Hamilton over the Ticats last Saturday, a telling indication that his healing finger, while in need of surgery this coming off-season, is healthy enough to lead the Argos.

Meanwhile, coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons is hoping that receiver/kick returner Keith Stokes can return to the lineup from a knee injury. Stokes has resumed practising this week and will be a game-time decision.

Clemons also revealed that receiver Andre Talbot fell awkwardly during practice Tuesday. Fortunately, x-rays on his ribs were negative, meaning the Argos expect him to suit up against the Als at the Rogers Centre.

As for his quarterback situation, Clemons said Wynn is No. 2 and recently re-acquired Michael Bishop is No. 3.


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