A fickle foot has felled David Boston, a much ballyhooed receiver who was hoping to resurrect his career with the Argonauts.
As much as Boston tried to avoid going under the knife to repair a stress fracture in his troublesome right foot, the former NFL first-round draft choice simply could not manage the discomfort.
He made it abundantly clear to head coach Rich Stubler on Saturday, which was an off-day for the Argos. Yesterday, Stubler announced that Boston had left the team to undergo surgery.
In a best-case scenario, Boston is expected back within a 12-week window.
COULDN'T MAKE CUTS
"He thought he could play on it, but obviously he can't," Stubler said of Boston, who hauled in one pass for four yards in the Argos' season-opening 23-16 win in Winnipeg on Friday.
Stubler thought something was amiss when he noticed Boston couldn't cut properly, but appreciated Boston's professionalism by coming clean.
"He came to me," Stubler, who estimates that Boston lined up for 30 plays against the Blue Bombers, said. "He told me that his foot was bothering him too much and that he needed to take care of it.
"It was his decision. He tried to do what he felt he could. He found out he couldn't."
Boston arrived in the CFL with a pre-existing foot problem, an injury a Baltimore-based specialist felt would require surgery.
After consulting with another specialist in Tennessee, Boston was informed he could play, provided he tolerate the pain and deal with whatever consequence.
In a round-about way, the initial prognosis for Boston, one that recommended surgery, now will be followed.
Had Boston gone through with the procedure earlier, he may have been available to the Argos by early September. It now appears he'll be back in mid to late September.
Stubler says he will fill Boston's roster spot with either T.J. Acree or Johnnie Morant for his team's home opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday.
Acree was acquired in an off-season trade from the Edmonton Eskimos, but has been hampered by a leg injury. He was able to practise yesterday.
Morant, a late training-camp cut of the Oakland Raiders last year, has a Boston-type body, but nowhere near the experience nor the cachet.
Morant was added to the team's practice roster last week.