Argos look for gains

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

The Argos are unlikely to get a full house for Sunday's East final, but with jacked up ticket prices the team still stands to make a nice profit.

Ticket sales for the clash against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers hovered around the 30,000 mark yesterday, well below the Rogers Centre capacity of 44,700 for Argos games.

Team officials are hopeful the crowd will top 40,000, however, solidifying a nice, seven-figure profit for owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski.

Under CFL policy, the league retains rights to post-season contests but will sell them to the host team for $500,000.

With two weeks to sell the game and banking on a big crowd a week in advance of the Grey Cup, the Argos owners exercised their option.

EDWARDS READY TO RUN

Argos running back Robert Edwards said yesterday that he expects to be close to full speed on Sunday after missing the past two games.

"I've been sitting for about three weeks now and I feel I've got all the rest I need," said Edwards, who has been nursing a sore hamstring. "I'm ready to get back in there and play."

Argos coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons hinted that Edwards and John Avery will split time in the backfield, a strategy endorsed by the former Alouette.

"They toyed around with it," said Edwards, whose brother Terrence is a Bombers receiver.

"I haven't seen the script but they talked about putting us back there together. It gives us more options and keeps the defence honest."

PRE PRECAUTIONS?

Clemons wasn't willing to discuss contingency plans for kicker Noel Prefontaine, who continues to be bothered by concussion symptoms.

Prefontaine had to sit out the second half of the team's final game in Saskatchewan after getting dinged.

"We are not planning for him not to be there," Clemons said.

"Obviously if he's not, we'll do something.

"You are aware he is a kicker, right?

"We don't need any other distractions. He's going to be our guy."


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