Argo subs ready to roll

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET

Mark DeWit is about to get the opportunity he patiently has been waiting for.

The second-year Argonaut will make his first start of the season on Friday night at left guard, replacing the injured Jeff Keeping.

"I really want to prove to the whole organization that I'm not just a guy who is going to be a sixth man my whole career," DeWit said after practice on Tuesday. "I want to compete for a starting job next year in training camp."

Well, DeWit and fellow offensive lineman Chris Van Zeyl have lucked into starter's roles for the final three games of the regular season.

The Argos, in all that has gone wrong in 2009, had not yet had a play where two starters were seriously injured simultaneously. That changed on Friday night when Brian Ramsay and Keeping were hurt a couple of minutes into a game against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Argos head coach confirmed on Tuesday that Ramsay and Keeping have played their final downs this season. Ramsay tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will have surgery after the swelling subsides; Keeping suffered a dislocation of his left shoulder and will have it scoped.

Defensive end Claude Harriott hurt his left leg near the end of the Eskimos game is on crutches, with a determination of the full extent of his injury still to come. That means Jonathan Brown will resume starting.

Running back/returner Dominique Dorsey, out with a sprained ankle, could return next week in Edmonton.

DeWit, a sixth-round pick of the Argos in 2008, started one game last season. It's going to be a fresh experience for Van Zeyl, who was on the club's practice roster a year ago. If nothing else, it will give two something to talk about at home, as they live together about five minutes from the Argos' practice facility in Mississauga. Van Zeyl will start in Ramsay's spot at right tackle.

"This is going to be something that will be a positive for them in their careers," Andrus said. "It's baptism by fire."

The Argos (3-12) play host to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-9) on Friday at the Rogers Centre. Though the Argos have been eliminated from playoff contention, it's a huge game for the Ticats. They're tied with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for second in the East Division, and the team that claims that position at the end of the season will be the home team in the division semi-final.

terry.koshan@sunmedia.ca


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