Coach: Argos will fight to finish

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

Don Matthews doesn't want to see his players let up in the final two weeks of the season.

"Kerry (Joseph) is the message we are sending, that we are going with our No. 1 guy at quarterback," Matthews, the Argonauts head coach, said. "The message is we are going to go out there to try to win the game. We signed up for 18 games, not 16. Our focus is on this week, not next season."

Joseph, who had his most successful outing in an Argos uniform four days ago when he passed for 400 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-34 loss to the Montreal Alouettes, will start Saturday night in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions. The Argos, 4-12 and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2001, will finish their 2008 season on Oct. 30 at the Rogers Centre against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Matthews, who again refused to say whether he wants to return to the Argos sideline next year, said there will be minor auditions for jobs in the last two games, but won't make major changes.

Expect kick returner/wide receiver Keith Stokes to return to the lineup versus the Roughriders after he missed one game because of a leg injury. Also, safety Kenny Wheaton, who has been battling shoulder trouble all year, should be back in after missing the game against Montreal.

The Argos likely have seen the last of dynamic Dominique Dorsey until next year, as he continues to recover from left leg injuries and won't play this weekend. Though he has been out since Sept. 27, missing three games, Dorsey still leads the CFL with 2,892 combined yards, more than 600 ahead of B.C.'s Ian Smart, who is second with 2,286.

Also missing against B.C. will be cornerback Willie Middlebrooks, who has a neck injury.


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