Belli may have to kissoff next kickoff

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:25 PM ET

The kissing bandit, aka Adriano Belli, may have to kiss this week’s kickoff goodbye.

A sore right foot threatens to sideline the veteran defensive tackle, a loss that would hurt a team looking to make amends for its meltdown in Montreal last week. Belli was walking around in a boot at Monday’s practice, unable to take part in any drills, uncertain as to whether he can suit up this Friday in Edmonton.

Belli’s backup, Etienne Legare, is nursing an undisclosed ailment, which may force the Argos to activate Adrian Davis and Eric Taylor. Belli’s injury doesn’t look good, but the extent isn’t known.

“We’ll just have to wait and see,’’ head coach Jim Barker said of his veteran run stopper.

Belli was forced to the sideline in the fourth quarter last week in Montreal.

One and done

The focus Monday was on Edmonton and not last Thursday’s 41-10 loss to the Als.

That didn’t prevent the media from peppering Barker with questions, which got the head coach a little testy at times.

“It’s one game in an 18-game schedule,’’ Barker said. “It’s one step in our maturation process. It’s not the end of the world.”

Love is in the air

In a moment of levity, Barker couldn’t help but notice the passion Edmonton exhibited in winning its first game.

“They love their coach, that was evident. We have to match their intensity and hopefully our guys love their coach.”

— Zicarelli


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