At least John Avery didn't trip over the curb as he hobbled into the Argos dressing room yesterday.
Of course, given his luck -- all bad -- it's just a matter of time.
While the Argos are poised to welcome back receiver Tony Miles (hamstring), offensive lineman Steve Morley (hip flexor) and linebacker LeRon Mitchell (hamstring) to the lineup from injury in time for tomorrow's showdown in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers, the oft-injured Avery has suffered another setback and won't play.
So what else is new?
The veteran running back was advised by head team physician Dr. Anthony Galea yesterday to have an MRI done on his ailing right ankle, which is not healing the way Avery had hoped.
"The swelling should have been completely down by now, so I'll definitely be out (of the lineup) against the Bombers," Avery said. "If I played, I would have to shoot it up. And if you shoot it up, who knows who much damage could be inflicted in there."
Read between the lines, and it appears the Argos are relying less and less on the enigmatic Avery in their long-range plans, especially with the recent acquisition of former Montreal Alouette Robert Edwards.
NOT MUCH 'ACCESS'
"(Avery) had a 100-yard game earlier in the season but we haven't had much access to that player since that time," coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons said.
Less than a week after being picked up by Toronto, Edwards is expected to receive a healthy number of carries against the Bombers. Running back Dominic Dorsey also will get the chance to lug the ball.
"It will take a couple of carries to adjust to the tendencies of a new offensive line but I'm prepared," Edwards said. "I don't know the entire playbook but I do know the game plan."
Will that be enough?
"He lines up right beside the quarterback so if he needs something, the QB can whisper in his ear," Clemons said.