Flemons a familiar face

Ronald Flemons returns to the Argos after being traded in the offseason to the Roughriders. SUN...

Ronald Flemons returns to the Argos after being traded in the offseason to the Roughriders. SUN MEDIA/Stan Behal

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

Rich Stubler won't need any time to get acquainted with the newest Argo today.

The Argos head coach knows all about defensive end Ronald Flemons, who was acquired from the Saskatchewan Roughriders yesterday. Flemons played in 21 games for the Argos in 2006-07 before he was sent to the Roughriders in March in the trade that brought quarterback Kerry Joseph to Toronto.

"I'm pleased to get him back," Stubler said. "He knows our system well and it's just a matter of getting him familiar with some new terminology. He's a piece of our 2007 defence that has been sorely missed."

The Argos also received a fifth-round pick in 2011. Going to Saskatchewan are receiver T.J. Acree, who did little to make a positive impression after he was acquired from the Edmonton Eskimos, the playing rights to a negotiation list player and the Argos' third-round pick in 2011.

"This business can certainly bring some unexpected happenings," Roughriders general manager Eric Tillman said in a release. "Trading Ron back to the Argos is one of them."

Flemons was scheduled to arrive for practice today but Stubler was not sure whether Flemons will play Thursday night in Edmonton.

Flemons should add some depth to a defence that was helpless against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' run game last week.

The trading of Acree means receivers Tyler Scott and Johnnie Morant will dress against the Eskimos. Scott won a job in training camp after the Argos took him in the sixth round this year and Morant, a former Oakland Raider, was signed late last month.

The Argos desperately need a win after getting waxed in their home opener by the Tiger-Cats.

Stubler said he is holding out hope that receiver Bethel Johnson, who suffered a sprained right ankle against the Ticats, will be ready to go in Edmonton. Stubler should learn today the extent of the foot injury suffered by cornerback Willie Middlebrooks in the season opener against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.


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