It won’t be hard to tell which Canadian Football League team is more sure of itself on Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre.
While the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats were planning to not bring most of their seasoned veterans for a pre-season game, the Argonauts will employ theirs if they are healthy.
“There is not one healthy vet we are keeping out,” head coach Jim Barker said. “We are a team that has won seven games in two years, so we have a lot of bonding to do. We have a lot of getting used to each other to do.
“It would be silly to play somebody who has any kind of tweak.”
Linebacker Kevin Eiben (ankle) and cornerback Willie Middlebrooks (knee) will not suit up, while offensive lineman Rob Murphy (toes) might sit.
A pair of rookies — running back/slotback Steven Turner (Achilles tendon) and defensive back Anthony Deslauriers (thumb) — have had surgery and are out. Turner’s recovery time is expected to be up to eight months, while Deslauriers will return to Simon Fraser for another season.
The list of Ticats who the team was planning on leaving on the sideline included receiver Arland Bruce III and quarterback Kevin Glenn. Among those also slated to sit are receiver Dave Stala, running back De’Andra Cobb, offensive tackle Alexander Gauthier, centre Marwan Hage and linebackers Otis Floyd, Jamall Johnson and Markeith Knowlton.
The Ticats, who should improve in the East Division this season, were 9-9 last year. The Argos were 3-15.