Determined Durie earns his first shot

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

When Andre Durie was one of the final cuts for the Argos last month, it was only of the paper variety.

The coaching staff was impressed enough with the rookie running back and placed him on the practice roster.

The running back, who is coming back from a serious knee injury two years ago while with York continues to work and it has paid off. And as a result, Durie will dress for his first regular-season game tonight against the Calgary Stampeders.

"He has earned it, we feel he has worked so diligently," Argos coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons said.

"This is a guy that we are honestly pulling for."

Durie won't see any time in the backfield unless there is a rash of injuries, but he will get a chance to make an imprint on special teams.

In another rookie development, Glenn January gets the call at starting right tackle to make up for Dave Costa's shuffle to the left side in place of injured Mike Pearson.

The Argos had expected January to battle for a starting spot on the offensive line and now he gets his shot to keep it.

On defence, Willie Pile takes the linebacker position vacated by Chuck Winters, who is out with a pectoral injury.

M IS FOR MOOKIE

With the injury to receiver Patrick Johnson, Derrell (Mookie) Mitchell makes his return to the Argos and a chance to roll up the 92 yards he needs to surpass Paul Masotti's club record of 8,681.

"It's unfair to compare what form he is in and we're not worried about the record," Clemons said. "But (Mitchell) certainly looks smooth. He can absolutely catch the ball."

QUICK KICKS

Despite the nice summer weather, the Rogers Centre roof will be closed tonight because of a weekend concert at the domed stadium ... The Stampeders haven't won in Toronto in nearly seven years, since Sept. 28, 2000 ... The Argos defence hasn't yielded a touchdown through the air since the second quarter of the 2006 regular-season finale.


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