No go for Jo in old home

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:15 AM ET

REGINA -- The Toronto Argonauts couldn't blame this one on the frigid weather.

Against the Saskatchewan Roughriders last night in temperatures that hovered 10 degrees below freezing with a wind chill, Kerry Joseph -- once the toast of the town in Regina -- and the Argos again failed to put together a full 60 minutes and lost 32-22 before 29,361 hardy souls at Mosaic Stadium.

A lack of concentration has hurt the Argos throughout 2009, and they dropped to 3-11, further cementing their place in the CFL basement.

Although the Argos are mathematically in the playoff hunt, they require a minor miracle to get into the post-season. They would have to win their remaining four games to have even a small shot at a playoff berth in the East Division.

The loss hurt the Argos more than just in the standings as Dominique Dorsey suffered an injury to his right leg, possibly his ankle, in the first quarter and was carried off by two teammates at the half. Dorsey, the 2008 CFL most outstanding special teams player, was playing in his fourth game since he returned to the Argos after he was cut by the NFL's Washington Redskins.

Quarterback Joseph, making his first start since Aug. 7 and the most outstanding player for the Riders during their Grey Cup win of a few years back, was rocked hard by several hits and apparently suffered a neck injury.

But after Cody Pickett played through the third quarter, Joseph was back under centre in the fourth. Pickett, meanwhile, was thought to have suffered a muscle strain in his torso. Joseph completed eight of 22 passes for 82 yards.

Joseph took a while to get up after scoring a one-yard touchdown with one second remaining in the first half. An interception Joseph threw had larger implications.

On the Argos' first possession after the Riders went up 21-7, Joseph attempted a pass to P.K. Sam. But defensive back Lance Frazier stepped in front of Sam and caught the ball, returning it 53 yards before he was forced out of bounds by Joseph at the Toronto five-yard line. Two plays later, Weston Dressler caught a seven-yard pass from Darian Durant for the Roughriders' fourth offensive touchdown of the half.

Justin Medlock kicked two field goals to the Argos to within seven points early in the fourth quarter. And Luca Congi booted a 12-yard field goal with 90 seconds left.

There was a bright spot for the Argos. Running back Jamal Robertson needed 141 yards on the ground to become the first Argo to rush for 1,000 yards since Michael Jenkins piled up 1,484 in 2001.

Robertson had 86 rushing yards.

The Argos have lost 12 in a row against West Division teams.

The Riders held a 28-14 lead at halftime.

Had the Argos shown up for game time, they might have stood a chance of winning.

Jeff Johnson, on a rush from 16 yards, had the Argos' other touchdown.

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA


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