Wheaton forced to miss game

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

Much to the surprise of just about all the Argos, defensive back Kenny Wheaton will not be in uniform for Saturday night's game in Calgary against the Stampeders.

Wheaton, whom head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons jokes shows up at training camp injured and plays through that injury and others throughout the course of the season, will sit out with a groin/leg injury but his absence from the lineup could be longer.

"He's one of those guys who always plays hurt," Clemons said yesterday. "You never actually expect him not to play. Now, we have a situation which is probably going to require more than a week, probably a couple of weeks, and he's going to argue that point like he always does, but I think it will probably be a couple of weeks that he'll need."

On the plus side, the Argos will have linebacker Chuck Winters back in the lineup after he sat out Thursday's game. Winters and backups Willie Pile and Jermaine Mays are all versatile enough that any of the three can move back from linebacker and fill Wheaton's spot at defensive back.

NOT SO BAD

Despite suffering a suspected concussion in Thursday's win, running back Jamel White has been taking his reps at running back with the first team this week. Clemons was holding off naming a starter for Saturday's game however. If White can't go, the starting role likely would be filled by Jeff Johnston with John Avery still coming back from a knee injury.

NOT JUST YET

Former York Lions standout Andre Durie has been getting plenty of reps at practice with both White and Avery questionable for Saturday, although Clemons conceded it was probably a little too soon for the rookie to step in and start at running back. Durie scored his first professional touchdown on his first CFL carry last week against Calgary. It was an emotional moment for the 25-year-old who suffered what many thought to be a career-ending knee injury two games into the 2005 season with the York Lions. He didn't get full motor function back in the leg until a year after the initial injury.

Durie credits his former wife, his family, and most of all the therapy staff at York for getting him back to the point where he could play football again. "They were my rocks," Durie said of therapists Cynthia Hughes and Tracy Meloche, with whom he still checks in with him regularly.

Durie will start on special teams and may see time at running back, depending on how the game goes.


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