Buzbee knows it's a big one

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

Alex Buzbee has more riding on Saturday's game than a lot of players.

Three times he has come to a professional football training camp and never before has he been closer to nailing down a job.

Fate has not been a faithful companion.

"I'm a day-to-day guy. I try not to think about it too much," said Buzbee, yesterday as the Argos wrapped up two-a-day practices at training camp.

"It's an important game, a last chance to impress coaches ... what happens can decide what you're going to be doing the next year."

In three previous attempts in the NFL, he has come down this road only to be disappointed.

Ron Flemons has one of the two defensive end spots. Buzbee is locked in a three-way battle with Stewart Broderick and Ejiro Kuale for the other defensive-end spot left open when Claude Herriot couldn't pass the team physical and Ben Ishola suffered an injury that will keep him out for at least two months.

"We're excited about a couple guys there," said Argonauts head coach Jim Barker. "This game there's jobs on the line."

"Buzbee has come in and just is a very talented player."

Last year he was one of the final cuts at the Washington Redskins camp.

They had him on the practice roster in 2007 "but the next year I went to camp and the first day I tore my Achilles and that put me out the whole year. Devastating that was," he said.

"I'd never wish an injury on anyone."

Still, Ishola's misfortune may turn out being Buzbee's good fortune.


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