Injury woes hit Argos

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:47 PM ET

Byron Parker might have got his wish to start for the Argonauts this weekend had he not been traded.

Argos cornerbacks Willie Middlebrooks and Jordan Younger have not practised this week in preparation for a home game on Saturday afternoon against the Montreal Alouettes.

A neck injury is likely to keep Middlebrooks from playing, but head coach Bart Andrus expects that Younger will be in the lineup. Dovonte Edwards and Sammy Joseph have been filling in for Middlebrooks and Younger during practice.

But with Middlebrooks out, Parker probably would have been among the defensive starters.

On Monday, Parker was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos for future considerations, which is thought to be a fourth-round pick next year. After returning from the Philadelphia Eagles at the end of August, Parker never did assume his old position at cornerback because the Argos coaching staff did not want him to take chances. That Parker did not conform helped lead to his trade.

Receivers Reggie McNeal (knee) and P.K. Sam (shoulder) both are practising, but it’s likely that only one will get back in the lineup against Montreal. Andrus wants to keep fellow imports Chad Lucas and Jason Carter in uniform, which means Jerome Mathis would sit.

“We have room for three import receivers, and the last thing you want is a guy coming out after the third series and saying he can’t go anymore,” Andrus said. “We just want to make sure we have a guy who can last for four quarters. We’re still up in the air on (Sam and McNeal).”

Quarterback Cody Pickett, who was pulled in favour of Kerry Joseph against Winnipeg last week because of pain in his throwing arm, will make his seventh start in a row.

The game against Montreal also will serve as Dominique Dorsey’s home debut. In two games since he was cut by the Washington Redskins, Dorsey has averaged 6.2 yards on punt returns and 19.5 yards on kick returns.


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