Talbot won't rush return

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 4:03 PM ET

Tyler Scott and James Robinson have given Andre Talbot pause for thought.

Though Talbot, suffering from a groin injury, hopes to return to the Argos receiving corps tomorrow night in Regina against the defending Grey Cup champion Saskatchewan Roughriders, he sees no reason to make a hasty decision -- especially when Scott and Robinson, a pair of rookies, are looking to build off breakthrough performances last week.

"They're stepping up and that's what we needed from our young guys," Talbot said. "And that is why I don't feel too rushed right now."

Talbot later put himself through some strenuous drills during practice at St. Marcellinus Secondary School in Mississauga and stressed that whether he plays will be a game-time decision. Talbot was hurt in practice more than a week ago and sat out a thrilling victory against the Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday.

"This is the first day where I am saying, 'Wow, I am good to go,'" Talbot said after practice. "But when you are injured and have that first day when you feel like that, usually you have to take a step back and give it a few more days.

"My heart is telling me, let's go, but my brain is telling me we have three East Division games (before the bye week) after this one. So what's more important? Potentially tweaking it or being definitely 100%? We'll see."

The Argos will be attempting take some dignity out of Rider Pride at Mosaic Stadium, which is sold out for the return of quarterback Kerry Joseph. The Roughriders have not started 5-0 since 1934, when the team was in the Western Canada Rugby Football Union and lost in the Grey Cup to the Sarnia Imperials.

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So, no, the Argos want no part of becoming a slice of green history, but head coach Rich Stubler is not bowled over by the Roughriders' start.

"They are living right, and I have nothing bad to say about them because it's a good thing for them," Stubler said. "But this is a sport about how the ball bounces and where the breaks lie. They were within four or five plays of being 1-3."

If the Argos improve to 3-2, it's hard to imagine that Scott and Robinson won't have their fingerprints on the win.

Robinson had a team-high 194 yards and 10 catches with one touchdown against Edmonton, and Scott had 89 yards on six catches and was a catalyst with Joseph on the winning drive. Both spoke of their renewed confidence going into tomorrow night.

Robinson, 25, grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and spent time on the Argos' practice roster last season. Scott, 22, is a Windsor native who started playing football in Grade 8.

"Originally I was going to play volleyball and my dad (Rick) said, 'Volleyball? Play football. At least get something with contact,'" Scott said with a laugh. "It's nice to know I can be counted on in the clutch. I'm a rookie, and they could have no faith in me at all, but they do. Now that I am in the mix of things, it is a lot easier."

Joseph, meanwhile, is just as ready.

"I hope they put a bullseye on me," Joseph said, "and lose focus."


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