'Toronto curse' hits Labinjo again

TERRY KOSHAN AND SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

Mike Labinjo's wait to play a CFL game at the Rogers Centre likely will continue for another year.

The Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman, who was born in Toronto and played his high school football at St. Mike's, suffered an upper-leg fracture Aug. 8 in a game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He hasn't been able to practice this week.

"As soon as it happened, my mom called and asked me if it affected the trip," Labinjo said. "I'm not sure yet.

"There might be some sort of a Toronto curse."

Labinjo signed with the Stampeders in 2007, just after they made their annual visit to Toronto. Last year, he also missed his team's game in Toronto because of injury.

Don't wait for Dorsey

The Argonauts don't think Dominique Dorsey will follow in the footsteps of P.K. Sam and Byron Parker.

Sam and Parker have rejoined Toronto after being cut by the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles respectively, but Argos general manager Adam Rita doubts Dorsey, the Argos' special teams whiz of a year ago, will be released by the Washington Redskins.

"I would really be surprised if he got cut," Rita, who went to Washington on Saturday to watch Dorsey play in an NFL pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, said. "He is very popular with his teammates and his coaches. I think he can be the third or fourth running back and a returner (for the Redskins).

"Unless in the next two (pre-season) games he does really poorly, it would be tough for them to release him."

Dorsey was named the CFL's most outstanding special teams player in 2008, despite missing five games. Dorsey led the CFL with 2,892 combined yards and signed with the Redskins during the off-season.

NFL rosters have to be cut to 75 players by Sept. 1, with the deadline for the 53-man roster on Sept. 5.

No comparison

The Argos began the 2006 season at 2-5, then went 8-3 in their final 11 games to earn a playoff spot.

But running back Bryan Crawford, one of a handful of remaining players from that team, doesn't think much can be drawn from that experience. The Argos carry a 2-5 record into their game against Calgary on Friday.

"It's pretty irrelevant," Crawford said. "It's a completely new staff and team. The only parallel you could draw is that there is a lot of season left and you can turn things around."

Briefly

Tackle Adriano Belli missed practice for personal reasons ... The Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed defensive back LaRoche Jackson and defensive line man Bryan Robinson.


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