Joseph shines when playing against Roughies

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

Bart Andrus went another day without naming a starting quarterback for Saturday night in Regina, but tabbing Kerry Joseph for that role might not be such a bad idea.

Joseph has been successful against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, his former team, since he was acquired by Toronto 19 months ago.

In three games, Joseph has passed for 914 yards and thrown nine touchdowns.

That's more than a third of the 24 touchdowns Joseph has tossed for the Argos. And consider that the Argos have gone five games without throwing a touchdown pass.

That's pathetic.

"I told (Joseph and Cody Pickett) I just wanted to get them both reps and make sure they are both ready," Andrus said. "I think both of those guys are frustrated. Neither one of them has performed as well as they would like. I have played the position. I feel for them."

Pickett is 1-6 since taking over the No. 1 role from Joseph, but has given way to Joseph in the second half of the Argos' past two games.

The two are close off the field and Joseph caught a ride to practice with Pickett yesterday.

Barrin back

Andrus and Joseph weren't the only two mending fences yesterday.

In Winnipeg, linebacker Barrin Simpson returned to practice after a long-running feud with head coach Mike Kelly. Simpson, who asked for a trade and then was barred from the locker room, could play on Monday against the Tiger-Cats when the Bombers try to win their third in a row.

"You move past it," Simpson said. "Nobody forced me to sign the contract that I signed. I'm obligated to my contract, and hey, I'm a pro."

Simpson had been the Bombers' leading tackler.

"He told me he wants to play football," Kelly said. "Did he walk away from his teammates? Sure he did. Everybody is worthy of a second chance."


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