Brown not interested in being backup

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

Jonathan Brown wants his job back.

The Argonauts defensive end won't settle for a backup spot once he is healthy enough to return to the lineup. An East Division all-star in the past four years, Brown returned to practice this week after missing the first six games with a back injury. The 33-year-old hopes to be in uniform Aug. 28 against Calgary, but would have to be activated off the nine-week injured list.

"I want to get back in there and play (as a starter) because I deserve it," Brown said. "That's all it is. I'm not coming back to a supporting role."

Brown is relieved to be in cleats again. Weeks of running and yoga helped keep him in shape.

"Everybody thought I was dead, but I'm back," Brown said. "To see this team go 2-4, it hurts my soul."

Ronald Flemons and Claude Harriott have been lining up on the ends in Brown's absence. Both have performed well.

Drop the gloves

Cornerback Delroy Clarke and receiver Cory Rodgers had to be restrained by teammates after taking shots at each other during passing drills yesterday.

"You like that in practice," head coach Bart Andrus said. "It's something that happens often. When I was an assistant in the NFL, I was one of the go-to guys to get something started if (the intensity) was not going. It's just part of the competitive nature of things."

Briefly

Back spasms kept offensive lineman Rob Murphy on the sideline yesterday, but Andrus said he expects Murphy to play on Friday against the B.C. Lions, Murphy's former team ... The sting of the shutout loss to Montreal on Friday remains. "If we could have played the next day, it would have been the best case for us," receiver Tyler Scott said.


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