Belli on sidelines for Stamps game

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

Tackle Adriano Belli is doubtful for the game tomorrow night against the Calgary Stampeders, a blow to the defence that the Argos can't afford.

Belli has developed an infection in his left leg and is on antibiotics.

"He is probably going to (be) disabled for the game," Argos head coach Bart Andrus said yesterday. "We have not made a final decision yet. We're taking it an hour at a time."

Belli missed a game on Aug. 1 versus Winnipeg because of a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by another non-import, rookie Etienne Legare.

But the Argos could get a boost on offence, as slotback P.K. Sam made it through practice at St. Marcellinus Secondary School in Mississauga and is expected to play. Sam had tweaked his groin in practice on Monday.

No rest for defence

The collapse by the Argos secondary, which proved to be fatal in a 36-28 loss to the B.C. Lions two weeks ago, has stuck in the craw of those who were responsible. Tomorrow's game at the Rogers Centre will mark the first chance for the Argos to erase the fourth-quarter fiasco against the Lions.

"It's tough to get over and it's fuel in the fire," linebacker Zeke Moreno said. "But our preparation this week has been so attentive to detail and I think it is going to show."

Like the Argos, the Stampeders are coming off a loss before their bye week. But Moreno and Co. still have to be concerned about Stamps quarterback Henry Burris, who has thrown for 2,064 yards, second in the CFL after Montreal's Anthony Calvillo.

"They're the defending champs, and have been struggling, but they have shown glimpses of what they are capable of and that in itself is scary," Moreno said. "Hopefully, we can contain Burris."


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