Medlock decision near

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 PM ET

Justin Medlock’s days as an Argonaut appear to be all but officially over.

Head coach Jim Barker likes the non-import tandem of veteran punter Jamie Boreham and rookie kicker Grant Shaw too much to break it up in order to bring Medlock back.

“I think we are close (to making a decision on Medlock),” Barker said.

“We have to do something that is fair to Justin.”

Medlock has been in limbo since clearing waivers after he was released by the Detroit Lions.

Following a great 2009 season with the Argos, Medlock signed with the Washington Redskins during the off-season, but was released, leading to Detroit claiming him.

It’s unclear what the Argos will do with Medlock, but letting him walk without trying to get anything in return wouldn’t be smart.

Boreham is a dependable vet, while Barker is taken with Shaw’s mental strength.

“When he misses (a field goal), he does not go into a psycho-analysis of why he missed it,” Barker said.

“That’s one of the things that makes him good.

“He has been a very pleasant surprise for us. We knew he had a strong leg, but we did not know he had the moxie that he has.”

Through three games, Shaw has made nine of his 11 field-goal attempts.

Meanwhile, Barker hopes to have cornerback Byron Parker on the roster next Friday when the B.C. Lions visit. Parker has missed two games with a shoulder problem.

Defensive back Sammy Joseph suffered a hamstring injury against Calgary, but could be ready to play next week. Offensive lineman Chris Van Zeyl is day to day with a bruised heel.


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