Argo coach faces grim task

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:12 PM ET

Not long after he sits down to review tape on Sunday of the previous day’s pre-season game, the worst part of Argonauts head coach Jim Barker’s job will begin.

Though Barker has cut a handful of players this week, the releases will be flowing quickly as CFL teams must reduce their rosters to 46 players by 3 p.m. on Thursday. The Argos’ depth chart for Saturday’s game lists 69 players, not including those who are injured. Teams can begin the season with five players on the practice roster, and one of those spots could go to Canadian quarterback Danny Brannagan.

“It’s not going to be comfortable (making decisions), because it’s not a situation where we feel there is a huge discrepancy,” Barker said. “The guys who are here are very close.

“Without question, (cutting players) is the most trying part of the job. It is the one thing that if you could eliminate it from the job, that would be great.

“It’s all about being in the right place at the right time (for players). If a guy gets cut from here, it does not mean he is not playing anymore. It was not the right time for him. It’s the worst part of this job.”

Barker is expected to make a round of cuts on Sunday before meeting with reporters.

Barker, meanwhile, hopes to have news on punter/kicker Jamie Boreham this weekend. Boreham missed all of camp with a herniated disc in his neck and was scheduled to be examined by a neurologist late on Friday afternoon.


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