Pottinger will be the man in the middle

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:47 PM ET

TORONTO - Jason Pottinger will be the Argonauts’ starting middle linebacker for the season opener on July 1.

That’s provided he does not screw up royally or get hurt.

“He is our starting middle linebacker and his time is here,” Argos head coach Jim Barker said after practice on Friday.

“His time is here. He was a high draft choice (second overall by the B.C. Lions in 2006), has spent time on special teams and was a backup. He has not disappointed at all. He has been better every day.”

Pottinger would replace Zeke Moreno, who was released in the off-season despite three CFL seasons in which he either led the league or was second in tackles. The promotion of Pottinger to full-timer would give the Argos two non-import linebackers, not a common trait in the CFL. Pottinger began taking reps with the starting defence at the first practice this past Sunday.

“But it’s not too common that teams have both Pottinger and Eiben,” Barker said.

Speaking of Eiben, he has been nursing a mild ankle sprain and will not play on Sunday in a pre-season game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The same goes for cornerback Willie Middlebrooks, who is dealing with a swollen knee.

And punter/kicker Jamie Boreham, who remains on the retired list, is scheduled to visit a doctor next week for another look at the herniated disc in his neck.

The Argos, meanwhile, released non-import offensive lineman Scott Evans and import receiver Charles Owens.


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