Sipping water on the sideline and watching teammates win might sound like a lot of fun, but for Tony Miles, it is getting old.
The Argonauts wide receiver has been nursing a hamstring injury since playing in the Labour Day Classic against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but will return to the lineup tomorrow against the Edmonton Eskimos.
Miles, who will give quarterback Michael Bishop another deep threat along with Arland Bruce, readily acknowledged after practice yesterday at the U of T's Erindale campus in Mississauga that he is not 100%. But so be it.
"It has been a long haul, man," Miles, 29, said.
"I still feel like I can go out and perform at a high level for four quarters and leave it on the line. It's just great to be with the guys again."
The Argos beat the Eskimos 18-11 in Edmonton last Friday and were going heavy on the superlatives regarding the rematch at the Rogers Centre.
Toronto has won four of its past five games to improve to 6-7, and coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons, never one to shy away from a good quote, put it this way: "This game ultimately puts us in solid control of who we are and where we are going.
"Now we have a chance to win (five of six) and really give ourselves a chance at the playoffs.
"It's a testament to the strength and character and guys in this room. It's a moment of pride."
And think of the hyperbole that could erupt if Miles returns in fine style.
Clemons said the sixth-year import simply makes the Argos smarter when they have the ball.
Bishop also thinks Miles' presence will put the Argos one step in the right direction.
Miles, who has 16 catches for 271 yards and two touchdowns this season, has proven to be the type of player who can turn a five-yard pass into a 20-yard gain.
"Everybody knows what Tony brings to the table, his quickness, his runs after the catch, and he is not afraid to take hits and keep the ball in his hands," Bishop said. "It's a lot more pressure on the (opposing) defence to defend him and Bruce out there."
Argos kick returner Dominique Dorsey was named CFL special teams player of the month for September. Among other things, Dorsey returned 12 kickoffs for 316 yards and one touchdown ... Argos fans attending tomorrow are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to the Purolator Tackle Hunger trucks outside Gates 6 and 11.