Argos' McNeal stuck in limbo

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:10 PM ET

In a move that drew very little attention, the Argos placed Reggie McNeal on the nine-game injured list prior to last Wednesday’s home opener.

When healthy, McNeal gives Toronto a playmaker at receiver, an area that is full of new faces for these new-look Argos.

In three games heading into Friday’s visit by the B.C. Lions, not a single Argo who doesn’t line up in the backfield has caught a touchdown pass.

McNeal is nursing a troublesome groin, which is making strides but is nowhere near being healthy.

The move to the nine-game injured list is retroactive, meaning McNeal, in theory, could be available around Labour Day.

McNeal arrived late in Argoland when his attempt to find employment with the Oakland Raiders ended in complete futility and frustration.

It seems McNeal, a star quarterback in the state of Texas who played receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals, was all set to be used in Oakland’s wildcat offence, but owner Al Davis never signed off on McNeal’s signing.

He was left in a holding pattern then and now McNeal finds himself in limbo, trying to bounce back from his groin injury.

The Argos are 2-1 and have won two in a row, but they could use a playmaker and McNeal fits the bill.

It’s just that they won’t be seeing McNeal in game action anytime soon.


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