Steven Turner’s rookie season with the Argonauts is over before it began.
The running back/slotback suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon on his left leg on Monday during practice and will have surgery on Friday.
“It breaks your heart,” Argos head coach Jim Barker said. “He improved every day. To watch a young guy get hurt, it’s the worst thing.”
Turner, the Argos’ fourth-round pick in the Canadian draft in May, was hurt on an innocuous play. He was moving up to the line of scrimmage, with no other player near him, when his foot planted wrong.
Before he was taken away on a cart, Turner, with tears in his eyes, was surrounded by his teammates.
“To have every player go over and give him a hug, it’s sad,” Barker said.
Nicknamed “The Afterburner,” Turner, a 23-year-old native of Brampton who played at Bishop’s University, ensured he would be drafted thanks to an eye-popping performance at the CFL evaluation camp in March. The 5-foot-8, 176-pound Turner set camp records in the 40-yard dash (4.31 seconds) and the vertical jump (43.5 inches).
The Argos were hoping to use Turner’s skills as both a receiver and a running back, and Barker envisioned a Michael (Pinball) Clemons-type player in Turner.
That won’t be happening now.
Punter Jamie Boreham, meanwhile, was scheduled to have an MRI on a herniated disc in his back on Monday afternoon. Boreham, acquired from the Saskatchewan Roughriders in May, expects to be cleared and could be on the field as soon as Tuesday.
Running back Cory Boyd has a concussion, and should be back next week. The team also is waiting for receiver Reggie McNeal to pass a physical before activating him.
And star receiver Jeremaine Copeland has a bit of a foot problem, but it won’t keep him off the field.
“He won’t miss a rep, and that’s the way Cope is,” Barker said. “That’s the mentality he brings to your team.”